A judicial review being filed by a patient against Dorset’s CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Group’s) proposes to put on hold plans to downgrade Poole’s A&E.
The review could also prevent the prospective closure of the maternity and special care baby unit.
A judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body.
Rowan Smith, a solicitor from Leigh Day law firm, is working alongside the patient filing the review. He warns that it could be months before a decision is made as to whether an investigation is needed.
Defend Dorset NHS are raising funds for the legal process on behalf of the patient.
The group, linked to the Swanage Labour Party, claim they ‘work to protect the rights of Dorset residents and visitors to have timely access to Emergency and Maternity services, and to NHS beds, when they need these.’
The webpage details some of the key issues being addressed in the proposed review:
The Judicial Review addresses the issues of: i) closure of beds before staffed replacement services are in place; ii) unsafe travel times to access A&E and Maternity services and iii) that aspects of the ‘consultation’ carried out on these changes were so misleading as to render the consultation unlawful.”
Dorset’s CCG first announced plans to shut Poole Hospital A&E services in September with residents expressing mixed reactions to the decision.
— Harry Paye (@HarryPaye) January 6, 2018
I am glad A&E at PGH is being closed. Despicable attitudes & too many nurses that treat patients according to their own personal prejudices.
— ManicMouse (@manicmouse99) January 28, 2018
Thank you staff at A&E Poole General Hospital for the efficient manner in which you dealt with the patient I brought in earlier this afternoon . All staff very pleasant & bed found very quickly. Will miss that service when migrated to Bournemouth #NHS
— peptalk (@peptalkfanzine) November 15, 2017
Further developments on the story to follow.