Hug a hospital event on Saturday at the East Riding Community Hospital, Beverley

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There have been campaigns to ‘Hug a Hoodie’ and to Hug a Huskie’, but now campaigners are asking for the public in East Yorkshire to ‘Hug our Hospital.’ amid growing concern over the future of the new East Riding Community Hospital on Beverley’s Swinemoor Lane.

In June, 2/3 of the unit’s 30 beds were closed following a damning report by the independent watchdog, the Care Quality Commission. In response to public fears a new ‘Friends of East Riding Community Hospital Group’, is being launched this Saturday at 10am on the site of the new hospital.

East Riding resident and group organiser George McManus said: “We are launching the new Group as part of our ‘Who Cares’ campaign. The NHS has endured appalling press this summer and staff and management are under extreme pressure. The closure of these beds has highlighted the local difficulties the NHS is having and we’re really worried for this hospital’s future.’

He went on: “We want to show everyone in the area that we care enough to demonstrate and give our time to support staff and management at what is a critical period. We will be forming a ‘Circle of Care’ around the site so need as many people as possible to take part.

The Trust have presented a recovery plan to the Commission but the plan is confidential until the end of September. We’re really worried that this state of the art facility could end up in private hands if it’s not turned around quickly. I would urge everyone to come along, show you care and give our hospital a hug.