At a full council meeting on November 13 2018, Poole Lib Dem councillors supported a motion by Poole People that urged the council to review the closure of Poole A&E based on the harm it will cause for residents.
The full motion asked:
Clinical Services Review Proposals
1. That the Council sends a letter to the Secretary of State in support of the referral to him of the proposed CCG Reorganisation by Dorset Council’s health scrutiny committee, expressing within it the Council’s opinion that the transfer of A & E services from Poole Hospital to Royal Bournemouth Hospital would be harmful to Poole’s residents and to residents in general living within the area to be covered by the service.
2. That the People (Health and Social Care) Committee be requested to investigate (a) the impact that congestion is likely have on patient safety, employee wellbeing and visitor convenience for patients, employees and visitors travelling from Poole to the proposed A&E department, maternity unit and other unplanned care units at Royal Bournemouth Hospital; and (b) the ability of the Ambulance Service to cater adequately for all people with serious injuries or conditions needing to get to Royal Bournemouth Hospital quickly.
SIGNED: Mark Howell, Marion Pope, Mike Brooke, David Brown, Andy Hadley, Jennie Hodges, Marion Le Poidevin, Sandra Moore, Vikki Slade and Russell Trent.