Third protest over closure of hospital’s A&E

Protestors outside Chorley and South Hospital calling for A&E to be reopened. Picture courtesy of Chorley Labour Party
Protestors outside Chorley and South Hospital calling for A&E to be reopened. Picture courtesy of Chorley Labour Party
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Protestors have turned out for the third week running to demand that Chorley hospital’s A&E department be reopened.

The Save Chorley Hospital group has vowed to stage a protest outside Chorley and South Ribble Hospital every Saturday until its A&E department has been reopened.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust announced three weeks ago that the department would be shutting from Monday, April 18. There is now an Urgent Care Centre, which cannot treat life-threatening conditions.

The closure, which the trust says is temporary, is due to an acute staff shortage, particularly of junior doctors.

Protestors showed up this morning with banners and placards to show their support for the hospital.