We will fight any moves to close our A&E de­part­ment TheEx­press­says

Macclesfield Express - - HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL -

RE­PORTS that Macclesfield Hospi­tal could be set to lose its A&E de­part­ment have alarmed peo­ple right across the bor­ough.

Ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment leaked this week, the unit could be down­graded to a mi­nor in­jury and ill­ness unit staffed by GPs.

Jerry Hawker, chief of­fi­cer of NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), has since re­vealed that one op­tion is to re­con­fig­ure A&E and other ur­gent care ser­vices at Macclesfield Hospi­tal as health chiefs look to over­come a £24 mil­lion deficit.

That is a prospect that will hor­rify res­i­dents in Macclesfield and raise ma­jor con­cerns that peo­ple’s lives would be put at risk if they had to travel to Wythen­shawe or Step­ping Hill to ac­cess A&E treat­ment.

To­day the Ex­press calls on the NHS to aban­don any plans to down­grade the unit and is­sues a warn­ing that the peo­ple of Macclesfield will not give up their A&E with­out a fight.

We have some pow­er­ful al­lies in mak­ing this de­mand.

Both Macclesfield MP David Rut­ley and Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Rachel Bai­ley have both said they will not ac­cept the unit be­ing down­graded.

They too want to see our A&E de­part­ment safe­guarded against cuts.

In re­cent times too many of the bor­ough’s med­i­cal and care fa­cil­i­ties have been lost to cuts with the men­tal health ser­vices at the Mill­brook unit fac­ing the axe and the clo­sure of Hollins View.

The Ex­press un­der­stands that health chiefs are un­der enor­mous pres­sure to tackle this huge deficit.

But we will not ac­cept the health of our read­ers be­ing put at risk to bal­ance the books.

We would also re­mind NHS bosses that ten years ago 50,000 peo­ple signed a Macclesfield Ex­press pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing plans to shut down key ser­vices at the hospi­tal in what is thought to be one of the largest ever re­sponses to an NHS con­sul­ta­tion.

And to our read­ers we make this prom­ise: we fought and won then and are ready to fight again to stop make sure YOUR A&E is not taken away.

Turn over to pages four and five our full story and re­ac­tion.

Macclesfield Hospi­tal

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