Clinical Commissioning Group group chairman urges patients to speak up for keeping Croydon A&E
The chairman of Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has told residents to make sure their voices are heard, when the Better Services Better Value (BSBV) public consultation begins.
Speaking yesterday at the CCG's first patient forum, Dr Tony Brzezicki said Croydon University Hospital losing its Accident and Emergency and maternity departments is BSBV's least preferred option - but it could happen.
He said: "It is one of the options, we have concerns about it and we have expressed these concerns.
"Croydon University Hospital losing those departments is an option, but it is the least preferred option.
"We absolutely support option one that says Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are downgraded to just having an urgent care centre and a full department is maintained at Croydon University Hospital."
Dr Brzezicki said the public consultation on the three options was likely to start in October and be completed after Christmas, before a final decision is made.
He urged residents from across the borough to participate in the consultation process and ensure their views on saving Croydon University Hospital's services are heard.
He said: "It is critically important that when it gets to consultation members of Croydon should make their views known and contribute to the consultation process.
"It would be disappointing if Croydon did not have a higher response rate than Epsom and St Helier Hospitals."
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