‘We’d not back clo­sure move’


COUN­CIL leader Rachel Bai­ley has said she will not sup­port any move to down­grade the town’s vi­tal A&E unit.

She said that ‘the plan’ does not meet pa­tients’ ‘ba­sic need’.

Coun Bai­ley added: “While this coun­cil has been a part­ner with the clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups in some projects de­liv­ered lo­cally, it has not, and will not sup­port Macclesfield hospi­tal hav­ing its ac­ci­dent and emer­gency unit down­graded to a mi­nor in­jury unit.

“This coun­cil has a clear pol­icy of put­ting its res­i­dents first and this plan does not meet that ba­sic need. We have spo­ken to the clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing group and said that it is es­sen­tial that we work to­gether closely to en­sure that the needs of our res­i­dents are met.

“I have also been quite clear that to­gether, we must ex­plore fur­ther op­tions to make the lo­cal NHS more sus­tain­able.

“The in­vest­ment in jobs, hous­ing, and em­ploy­ment in our bor­ough, means that we need to re­dou­ble our ef­forts to pro­mote the re­ten­tion of spe­cialisms in the NHS, not re­duce them.

“A longer term view needs to be taken for the sus­tain­abil­ity of our bor­ough, I be­lieve that our very suc­cess­ful econ­omy and our strong com­mu­ni­ties de­serve spe­cialisms, not least in pro­vid­ing el­derly and men­tal health well­be­ing.

“All th­ese plans need to prop­erly take into ac­count the strong like­li­hood of hav­ing an in­creased pop­u­la­tion and a suc­cess­ful econ­omy, which is a stated am­bi­tion of this coun­cil.

“The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to work­ing in part­ner­ship with our NHS col­leagues to help trans­form ser­vices to meet lo­cal needs.”

Rachel Bai­ley

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