MPs join forces to retain town’s A&E
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