A popular Chorley comedian has hit out over plans to shut down his local A&E.
Phoenix Nights star Dave Spikey branded the decision-makers behind a plan to downgrade Chorley Hospital A&E to an Urgent Care Centre as “total clueless idiots”.
The comedian took to his twitter account after learning of the plans to shut down the service next week due to a shortage of staff.
Retweeting a link to a petition protesting the closure, he wrote: “This can’t happen! Chorley’s a big town, it absolutely needs an A&E department. Lives are at risk. Please sign + RT.”
He added: “And lives will be put at risk. It might be you or someone you love.
“You’re in a RTA on the M61 j28.You’re bleeding out. Would you want A&E 15 min away via M55 or 5 min away in Chorley?”
Richard Whitehead, owner of TWJ Parnership tax advisors, agreed, writing: “Can you imagine the pressure that’s going to land on Preston and Bolton A&E Depts? Already at breaking point.”
Spikey replied: “Total clueless idiots governing us.”