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Who closed Trowbridge overnight Minor Injuries Unit?

November 4, 2016 3:20 PM
By Trowbridge correspondent

The answer is "Wiltshire Health and Care", which recently arbitrarily closed the only all night MIU in North and Central Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Health and Care is a limited liability partnership. Such a partnership is set up as a profit-making business - they cannot be used for non-profit enterprises or charities. In other words, Wiltshire Health and Care is set up to make a profit - the assumption must be that Trowbridge MIU was closed at night because its running costs cut into those profits.

Moreover there is a massive accountability deficit with Wiltshire Health and Care. Not only was there no public consultation over the closure, the WHC has NO lay [community] representatives,and NO GP representatives on their Board as is required. They are supposed to have a Public and Patient Advisory Network chaired by a lay representative - this is also not in place.

WHC has been in existence for four months. If there have been Board meetings held during this period, no agendas or minutes are reported on its website.

This secrecy was apparent from the start. All discussions about its formation by the Board of the Great Western Hospital were held behind closed doors with both public and press excluded.

Wiltshire Health and Care is simply not fit for purpose. The necessary checks and balances to protect the public interest have not been put in place. They are spending tax payers' money
but seem to be deliberately avoiding any kind of accountability. They are cutting services without reference to the people they are supposed to be serving.