MPs rally be­hind cause to main­tain ‘vi­tal’ A&E unit

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FOUR MPs have thrown their weight be­hind the Ex­press’s cam­paign to op­pose any moves to close Mac­cles­field’s A&E unit.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, Tat­ton MP Ge­orge Os­borne, Con­gle­ton’s MP Fiona Bruce and High Peak MP An­drew Bing­ham, have pledged their sup­port for our cam­paign to keep the A&E at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

It comes as a re­leased re­port con­firmed that down­grad­ing the A&E to an ur­gent care cen­tre is an op­tion in a ma­jor shake-up of ser­vices.

A pe­ti­tion and form has now been launched by the Ex­press and the MPs call­ing on health bosses to save the A&E depart­ment.

Mr Rut­ley has also called for a meet­ing with Health Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt to dis­cuss the is­sue.

Mr Rut­ley said he and fel­low Cheshire MPs are con­cerned about in­creased travel times for pa­tients who would have to go to Stock­port or Wythen­shawe and that the unit would be staffed by GPs not hos­pi­tal con­sul­tants if it were down­graded to an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre (UCC).

He said: “I’m pleased that lo­cal MPs have added their full sup­port to the cam­paign to keep A&E ser­vices in Mac­cles­field.

“It fur­ther demon­strates the strength of lo­cal opin­ion about the need to re­tain vi­tal ser­vices at our hos­pi­tal.

“No de­tails have been pro­vided as to what ser­vices would be pro­vided but an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre is not typ­i­cally staffed by con­sul­tants in emer­gency medicine.”

The fi­nal draft of the sus­tain­abil­ity and trans­for­ma­tion plan (STP) for Cheshire and Mersey­side – which aims to save £909m by 2020 – has now been re­leased, show­ing that the A&E could be re­placed by a UCC which would not treat pa­tients with ma­jor ill­ness or in­jury such as stroke, mul­ti­ple trauma or heart at­tack.

The Ex­press is this week urg­ing read­ers to fill in the form on the op­po­site page call­ing on health bosses to ‘aban­don any moves to down­grade Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s A&E unit’.

A pe­ti­tion will also be cir­cu­lated at this Sun­day’s Trea­cle mar­ket with the same de­mand.

We are also sup­port­ing an on­line pe­ti­tion launched by nurse Claire Gilham op­pos­ing the plans, which has al­ready at­tracted more than 8,000 sig­na­tures.

Mr Rut­ley said: “I en­cour­age res­i­dents to sign the pe­ti­tion so de­ci­sion mak­ers un­der­stand the strength of public con­cern.”

You can sup­port the on­line pe­ti­tion at pe­ti­tion.par­lia­ment.uk/ pe­ti­tions/171296.

David Rut­ley with lo­cal MPs An­drew Bing­ham, Fiona Bruce and Ge­orge Os­borne – united in the fight to save A&E at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal

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