The Lunatics have Taken over the Asylum

I think it safe to say that the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group are putting forward a set of options allegedly to improve urgent care in the Colchester and Tendring areas. The most ridiculous one being to close the Clacton and Dovercourt Minor Injuries Units and the Colchester Turner Road Walk In Unit. All supposedly to reduce pressure on Colchester A&E, but for the life of me I cannot see the logic of that at all.

Below are Andrew Pemberton’s comments:

THE minor injury unit at Clacton
Hospital could be scrapped as part of plans for a major shake-up of urgent care services in North Essex.
A public consultation will take place in January to decide the future of walk-in centres and minor injury units in Clacton, Colchester and Dovercourt’s Fryatt,
The contract for the units will expire in March 2018, so bosses are looking at three options for the future of the services.
The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group says it wants to “reshape” the services so they are simpler for patients to access, while acknowledging the limited resources and funding available.
One option would see all three units close.
Patients would be encouraged to call NHS 111, visit their local GP, or even provide care for themselves.
A report to the commissioning group’s board said this option would lead to a “patient safety risk.”
It read: “Those patients with a minor injury that are unable to be treated by their GP would have no alternative than to go to A&E. This is likely to create additional pressure on A&E by pushing up the numbers of patients.“There is also a patient safety risk by increased numbers which could result in long waiting times and overcrowding in busy clinical areas.”
A second option would deliver a single minor injury service somewhere in North Essex, located wherever there is greatest need, likely to be Colchester, meaning the Clacton, Harwich and Dovercourt’s Fryatt, would close.

The third option is to continue with all three
“I’m hugely concerned, but not surprised the option to close the minor injury unit has been floated.
“This would be on top of the decision to close the maternity unit.
“Harwich is consistently taking the brunt of these decisions.”
A public consultation will run from January to March with a final decision expected in May.

He has started a petition to keep the MIUs open. Click Here.

The ‘Public engagements’ that the NEECCG talked about are listed below:

Unusually the first is January 5th in Jaywick

I believe that some have been scheduled for the Holland on Sea area and additional ones at Bockings Elm and Great Clacton

Holland dates
Albert Edward Hall meeting
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One Response to The Lunatics have Taken over the Asylum

  1. Stella Clarke says:

    I am very concerned regarding the proposed closures of Minor Injury units in North Essex, particularly that of Clacton-on-Sea, for a number of reasons:

    The serious adverse effects which this would have in diverting people to Colchester A&E would lead to increased waiting times, threatening those with serious conditions.

    GPs are already overwhelmed by demand and are neither funded, nor staffed, for dealing with minor injuries. (The savings from closing a minor injury unit, even if diverted to GPs, would be meagre when spread between them).

    Within two miles of Clacton lies the most deprived community in England, Jaywick, known for the poor health of the residents, high levels of drug abuse and a large percentage of retired people. I would suspect that many do not have access to a motor vehicle, and do not have cash for a taxi to Colchester, (and return).

    The lack of a minor injury unit within easy reach could either lead to people not receiving treatment quickly with possible exacerbation of symptoms, or, put further pressure on 999 and ambulance services, already overwhelmed at busy times.

    Finally, Colchester A&E is, I believe, along with those nationwide, at times, coming close to breaking point. Adding to the load by closing surrounding Minor Injury units could surely only cause further difficulties with a resultant danger to life of some patients.