Plans to close the Minor Injuries Unit at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital overnight have been put under the spotlight by Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier & Safer Scrutiny committee, which is now putting together a final submission to the Clinical Commissioning Group.
In September, the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group announced proposals to close the Minor Injuries Unit at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital between 9pm and 7am.
The CCG also launched a public consultation into the proposals, which they claim were being brought in due to low patient numbers using the MIU during its overnight opening hours. The consultation has been extended and is open until November 6.
The discussion and submission follows on from last month’s Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee, where representatives from the CCG gave a presentation and were questioned by committee members on the proposed changes.
Cllr Andrew James, Chair of the Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee, said, “It is important for Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee to submit members’ views on the proposed changes to the opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit at Sir Robert Peel Hospital.”
He added, “The members of the committee are not just elected members, we are residents of Tamworth who use the local health service and we need to tell the CCG that Tamworth should have access to the right facilities.”
The meeting of the Healthier & safer Scrutiny Committee takes place at 6pm on Thursday October 15 at Committee Room 1 at Marmion House. The meeting is open to members of the public to attend, but only to observe. Members of the public will not be able to ask questions at the meeting.