Hornsea Mayor, Lee Walton, has vowed to fight the closure of the MIU in Hornsea. He has called upon his ERYC ward councillors, Barbara Jefferson and John Whittle, for their support in the opposition of a move which has threatened the health of their citizens.
The recently renovated, at considerable cost, MIU has come under increasing threat after the CCG decided on its closure. However, Mayor Lee Walton says this matter will now be taken directly to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in what is quite possibly a last-ditch effort to avert the closure of such a vital public service.
This may provide some reassurance to residents of Hornsea and the surrounding villages, who’s access to public healthcare has been threatened by the CCG.
In what appears to be a change of heart, and provoking huge backlash, local MP Graham Stuart has reinforced his support of the sites less than a day after suggesting that the closures were “understandable”, owing to the nearest MIU being in neighbouring town Beverley. Apparently out of touch with local geography and public transport, which is relied on by a large majority of residents in the region, the MIU in Beverley is around 12.5 miles further from the current site, which for someone with an injury such as broken bone or a burn would be torturous. This fence-hopping has done little to reassure the residents of Hornsea, who have become disillusioned with his original, no alternative, approach to the closure.
Suggestions have been made to MP Graham Stuart to put forward alternatives if the closure were to go ahead, such as free or subsidised transport between Hornsea, and surrounding areas, and Beverley, to relieve the financial burden. These have yet to receive a public response showing support or opposition, or even acknowledgement, in what appears to be a stance he is taking with matters which threaten his next election’s success.
Questions over the future of the land, if the closure were to go ahead, appear to have been partly answered, as the land was funded originally by the residents of Hornsea, though what will be done with the buildings or land is still questionable until the future of the site is decided.