According to the senior doctors and around 60 consultants of Cheltenham General Hospital the patients can be pushed at severe risk by the moving-out-of-hours general surgery to Gloucestershire. They have given their written statement to the Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, defining their concerns. The trust set a plan to shift the cases of inpatient general surgery and emergency to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital which is seven miles away from Cheltenham General Hospital. A representative said that the patient would get proper care there.
One anonymous doctor told BBC: “We can see a plane crash about to happen. It’s going to be catastrophic. The trust doesn’t realise the detail in their plan. It’s not safe”.
In Gloucestershire, Cheltenham General Hospital is the only hospital for the treatment of a number of severe cases such as urological, orthopaedic, gynaecological, as well as chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
The concerning letter states that the patients who suffer from internal bleeding, abdominal pain, sepsis for overnight or weekend have to face severe risk in the treatment by Gloucestershire based surgeons.
MP of Cheltenham Alex Chalk has stated his opinion against the impractical proposal of the trusts and told to raise the matter in the Parliament. He said, “I think it’s an extremely bad idea, and more importantly we have this unprecedented situation where almost 60 medical professionals say it’s a bad idea. This is nothing to do with money. This is about the organisation and the key medical advice is that it’s better to keep general surgery in Cheltenham to support other treatments. This is nothing to do with money. This is about the organisation and the key medical advice is that it’s better to keep general surgery in Cheltenham to support other treatments.”
The representative of Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said the reconfiguration of piloting severe patient would “improve patient care and safety as patients will have access to the right surgeon with the right expertise in Gloucester”.
According to the representative, “In the rare event that a patient needs to be seen by a general surgeon out of hours – they may be taken by ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal.”