The body that runs the Sir Robert Peel Hospital has been urged by Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier & Safer Scrutiny Committee to seriously consider making other savings, instead of closing the Minor Injuries Unit overnight.
Members of the committee voted unanimously to make the submission to the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group on the proposed changes, which would see the Minor Injuries Unit closed between 9pm and 7am.
The motion, which received cross-party support, reads, “This committee regrets the proposed potential overnight closure of the Robert Peel Minor Injuries Unit and urges the CCG to consider and implement all back office savings elsewhere rather than closing this front line service.”
In September, the CCG announced the 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: “After a full debate among the committee members, we voted unanimously to call on the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG to look at all back office savings before considering closing the Minor Injuries Unit at Sir Robert Peel Hospital overnight.
“It is important that they show all savings have been looked at before changes to the MIU are made.”