Bridlington councillors launch alternative survey so residents can have their say on the future of hospital services
The Bridlington Health Forum and a cross-party group of East Riding Councillors have launched a new and independent survey focusing on Bridlington Hospital services.
This new survey has been created to help Bridlington and district residents get their views across and showcase what is important to them.
The councillors and forum believe that a recent survey looking at the future of the hospital does not address their concerns so decided to create their own questionnaire.
A spokesman said: “This survey is very different to the ‘Big Healthy Link Up’ recently issued by East Riding’s CCG. This version helps residents to say what really matters to them – not what the CCG and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust would like them to say.”
Councillor Tim Norman said: “Your opinions are what really matter on the future of health care for Bridlington and the surrounding district.
“The trust has plainly stated that they are just not interested in resident’s opinions. They refuse to consult with the local Bridlington population who will be affected by these huge changes at our hospital.”
Councillor Andy Walker added: “Local councillors from every Bridlington Ward have joined together.
“We have produced this very easy to complete, but really important, survey.
“We are not asking for names, ages or any personal information – just what matters to them.”
Jean Wormwell, Chair of the Bridlington Health Forum said: “We are in contact with our MP Sir Greg Knight in the hope that he will intervene. We look forward to hearing from him and from residents, voicing their needs for local hospital healthcare going forward.”
Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullens is urging residents to complete the new survey.
He said: “We will use resident’s real opinions to challenge the health managers who have wasted taxpayer’s money on creating glossy brochures with a survey on vague plans.”
Last week the Free Press reported that morale among staff at the hospital is “lower than rock bottom” after more than half the surgery was taken to Scarborough 20 miles away.
General surgery, urology, vascular and plastic has already gone from Bridlington to a new day case unit at Scarborough and will be joined by the rest of non-orthopaedic surgery, staff say.
There is also mounting concern that empty wards on the ground floor will be used by GP surgeries, preventing the return of palliative care and consultant-led clinics.
A joint statement from the trust and East Riding CCG said there were “no hidden plans” regarding the hospital.
It said the proposals were not about recreating the past “but building on the present and exploiting new opportunities for the future”.
Go to surveyhero.com/c/53cc3655 to fill in the form.
People can read more about the proposed plans by visiting healthybridlington.co.uk.