MP in vow to fight for unit
MACCLESFIELD’S MP has vowed to fight the withdrawal of any A&E services in the town.
David Rutley said he has been in talks with the East Cheshire CCG and had been shocked to discover that a Minor Injuries Unit was being considered as a replacement for the town’s A&E department.
He has called for health bosses to give clear answers.
He said: “In my conversations with the East Cheshire NHS Trust and the Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group over recent months, I have been told that a Minor Injuries Unit has not been and will not be considered as a serious option for Macclesfield Hospital.
“The STP team and the CCG need to make that clear to the public. It should not be part of the STP process.
“I will continue to work with service providers, and other MPs, to ensure that vital A&E services continue to be provided at Macclesfield Hospital in the years ahead.
“It is important that vital health services, such as Accident &Emergency services, are safeguarded in Macclesfield, and for surrounding communities that use them, including Buxton, Leek, Congleton and Knutsford.”
Peter Hayes, a former Cheshire East Councillor and chairman of the East Cheshire NHS Trust, said it would be ‘nonsense’ and ‘dangerous’ to downgrade the emergency room.
Peter, who successfully fought against the closure of women’s and children’s units at the hospi- tal in 2006, said: “They are suggesting that it’s manned by GPs which is ridiculous when it’s GPs who are sending people to A&E as it is.
“It took two years of my retirement to fight this last time and it was only with the intervention of three local MPs that we managed to save it.
“The only way we can stop this is for the three MPs to get together once again and fight this with everything they have got.
“Getting rid of an A&E in Macclesfield is nonsense and very, very dangerous.”