MP in vow to fight for unit

Macclesfield Express - - HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL -

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.”

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