Loss of Scarborough A&E ‘inconceivable’

Scarborough Hospital meeting at Scarborough Library'Leo McGrory,standing sets out the point of the meeting.'Picture by Neil Silk  130243a'11/01/13
Scarborough Hospital meeting at Scarborough Library'Leo McGrory,standing sets out the point of the meeting.'Picture by Neil Silk 130243a'11/01/13

Scarborough Hospital’s chief executive has told a packed public meeting that not having a 24/7 accident and emergency service in the town would be “inconceivable”.

Patrick Crowley, of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, also told the 200-strong audience at Scarborough Library tonight that “there is no such thing as a list of services earmarked for transfer to York”.

The meeting was called by patient spokesman Leo McGrory, of the Scarborough and District Local Involvement Network (LINK), after a document was leaked at the end of last year suggesting that services were at risk.

Mr Crowley said he hoped to give reassurances about the future of Scarborough Hospital and spoke about recent investment at the site, totalling millions of pounds.

He commented: “York Hospital is very overcrowded and it’s inconceivable that we’d look to centralise services in York from Scarborough.

“However, we’re looking for leadership from the clinical team on how we can provide a better service, which may lead to changes.”

The meeting also covered funding issues and the wider debate about how Scarborough Hospital will fare come April, when a new clinical commissioning group comes into force already saddled with £2.4m of debt.

For a full report on the meeting see Thursday’s Scarborough News.