Once again, the NHS is being discussed, this time at County level.
The plans for a re-organisation of the local NHS services are under discussion. The main question at the centre of the re-organisation?
Should both Chorley and Preston have A&E departments, or would it be better to simplify the structure, close one and have only one for the people of Preston and the surrounding areas?
A meeting of the County Council has taken place to discuss the opposition for the proposed idea of having only one Accident and Emergency for Central Lancashire.
The move would also leave the county with one emergency and trauma centre, two urgent care units to deal with minor injuries and a separate facility for pre-planned operations.
However, many within the council are strongly against this proposal, saying that it was “absolutely essential” that Preston and Chorley hospitals retained functioning A&E departments.
Another proposed idea was the creation of a super-hospital, designed to operate as the flagship care centre for the area. Whether this idea will come to fruition is anybody’s guess, however, one site proposed for the hospital is the vacated site left by the failed IKEA venture in Bamber Bridge.
With the bickering continuing between the two parties, it is no surprise that any public consultation has been postponed until after the May elections.
This surely means that the issue of whether Chorley retains it’s A&E department will make itself a part of local election pledges and manifestos. Therefore, make sure you have registered ready to vote, because the politicians that make their way into or out of office will be having the final say on this controversial issue.