MTB events at Fort William at risk if A&E closes, argue petitioners

The Belford Hospital near Fort William, Scotland, is to be downgraded to a 'cottage hospital' leading to the closure of the Accident & Emergency Unit. 6021 people have signed an online petition to keep the A&E unit open, many of the signatories are DH riders.
Author:
Publish date:

"Having a good A&E department at the foot of the UK's highest peak is a no brainer and although I'd rather not see the inside of it again I would hate to see it go," argues Dave Evans, PR manager for Halfords.

Fort William is one of the venues for the UCI's World Cup MTB events.

On petitiononline.com, DH rider James Porteous of Linlithgow writes: "For the sake of DH bikers everywhere, save the A&E! (Broken ankle patient June '04 - Thanks for your help!)"

Chris MacFarlane of Falkirk said: "[Any closure] may well have repercussions on future large events in Fort William."

Keith Michael was blunter: "It should be kept like it is so the riders who ride at Fort Bill can ride, crash, then go to A+E."

http://www.petitiononline.com/.../petition.html?TopicID=27&EntryID=140&MMID=2

Featured Jobs

LTR coral logo 620x349

Local Project Manager (x3 roles)

Love to Ride I North East Lincolnshire, Slough, Southampton I Salary: £32,500 equivalent (PT, temporary) I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019

Logo stacked

Head of Marketing

Brompton I West London I Salary Competitive I Date Published Wednesday 9th January 2019

BE2016_googlelogo

Senior Sales Executive

BikeExchange I UK Nationwide I Salary TBC Depending on level of experience I Date published Wednesday 16th January 2019

cls logo_jpg 600x348

Bike Mechanic

Club La Santa I Lanzarote, Canary Islands I Competitive Salary & Benefits I Date Published Monday 7th January 2019