MPs join forces to re­tain town’s A&E

Macclesfield Express - - HOSPITAL SPECIAL REPORT -

MAC­CLES­FIELD MP David Rut­ley has joined forces with neigh­bour­ing MPs Fiona Bruce and Ge­orge Os­borne to fight any neg­a­tive changes to the town’s ac­ci­dent and emer­gency de­part­ment.

Mr Rut­ley said he wants to re­tain A&E ser­vices in Mac­cles­field.

He said: “I’m pleased that Car­ing To­gether and lo­cal health ser­vice lead­ers have fi­nally ruled out a mi­nor in­juries unit for Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

“In a meet­ing with key health ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions ear­lier this week I ex­pressed my dis­ap­point­ment that a draft of the sus­tain­abil­ity and trans­for­ma­tion plans (STP) in­cluded fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion about Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

“The strength of pub­lic con­cern demon­strates how com­mit­ted res­i­dents are to our much-val­ued A&E ser­vices.

“I will con­tinue to work to keep these ser­vices in Mac­cles­field in the months ahead and press lo­cal health ser­vice lead­ers to clar­ify what op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered.”

Fiona Bruce, MP for Con­gle­ton, added: “I will strongly op­pose any move to close the A&E pro­vi­sion at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal and am com­mit­ted, if needs be, to work­ing closely with David Rut­ley to pro­tect this vi­tal ser­vice for our con­stituents.”

Tat­ton MP Ge­orge Os­borne, who along with MP Sir Nick Win­ter­ton fought to save the hos­pi­tal’s chil­dren’s and women’s med­i­cal pro­vi­sion in 2006, also sup­ports the need for an A&E de­part­ment in Mac­cles­field.

Mr Os­borne said: “I want the best care for my con­stituents and, with the in­for­ma­tion I’ve seen so far, that care is best pro­vided by an A&E de­part­ment.

“As a par­ent who has used the hos­pi­tal’s A&E when my chil­dren were young, I know how im­por­tant it is.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley out­side the hos­pi­tal’s A&E de­part­ment

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