MPs concern over Chorley A&E Closure
David Crausby MP has expressed his concern over pressures facing the Royal Bolton Hospital following the closure of Chorley’s Accident and Emergency.
Chorley Hospital was recently downgraded to an urgent care centre, meaning they are able to treat minor injuries and illnesses but not life threatening conditions. The Hospital claim they have been unable to recruit enough staff to run the A&E services and there is no clear timescale for it to re-open.
This has caused concern across Wigan, Preston, Blackburn and Bolton that other A&E services may struggle to handle extra demand during busy periods.
Bolton North East MP David Crausby is supporting calls for Chorley A&E to reopen.
David Crausby said “Last year the Royal Bolton Hospital was forced to declare a ‘major incident’, diverting people away due to the huge demands on A&E. This year we’ve seen reports of waits as long as 8 hours for treatment. The closure of Chorley A&E will only add more pressure to surrounding hospitals and this needs to be resolved as soon as possible. This is yet another sign that the Conservative Government’s cuts agenda is hitting frontline services and putting patients at risk.”