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CON­CERN was raised when a ‘sus­pi­cious’ man fol­lowed pupils at Tyther­ing­ton High, with lots of par­ents say­ing it shows the need for the cam­paign to pro­vide a free school bus (web­site and page 7)

Martin Smith: The ob­vi­ous con­clu­sion here is – the pupils who have had their school bus cut will be even more vul­ner­a­ble along the pro­posed Mid­dle­wood Way “safe” route.

Amanda Hod­son: If this man will do this on a busy road, god only knows what he could do in a se­cluded area like Mid­dle­wood Way? Come on CEC, re­in­state the free school bus for the chil­dren’s safety!!!

Ian Peers: We two oldies quite of­ten walk down the Mid­dle­wood Way past the school dur­ing the day and al­ways think we wouldn’t like our kids walk­ing down there on their own. Come on East Cheshire get those buses re­in­stated be­fore some­one gets hurt.

Dar­ren Parry: So now all the kids will be dropped off and picked up by car at the gates, stand by for traf­fic grid­lock at 9 and 3 out­side this school, folks!

THE on­go­ing fight to en­sure the fu­ture of the town’s A&E depart­ment still gen­er­ates a lot of talk from our read­ers.

Kath Dicks: If it wasn’t for hav­ing an A + E close by ear­lier this year, I might not still be here! We need a larger depart­ment, not it go­ing!

Ailsa Hol­land: David Rut­ley has al­ways voted with the govern­ment for public ser­vice cuts. Did he think Mac­cles­field would never be af­fected? We don’t just need to save the A&E in Mac­cles­field, we need the govern­ment to fund the NHS prop­erly all round the coun­try.

Martin Smith: Mr Rut­ley is also fight­ing for his job. If he can’t keep ‘crit­i­cal’ public ser­vices open, then his po­si­tion as our MP is un­ten­able and he should re­sign.

Lau­ren Mann: If they shut the A&E depart­ment then how will the rugby club and football club let alone the gen­eral public go on?? There has to be an A&E nearby for sport­ing teams. God help the play­ers.

Christy Fran­cis: We need to fight for bet­ter fund­ing, the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing fast so we need more at home. Step­ping Hill is too far away, se­ri­ously ill would not sur­vive with that stupid road sys­tem in Poyn­ton.

PJ Gal­ley: No mem­ber of staff, or public have yet been con­sulted – and who does this de­ci­sion di­rectly af­fect?

Bev­er­ley Traf­ford: Ev­ery­one who is in this catch­ment area who may need to use this ser­vice se­ri­ously needs to sign this pe­ti­tion.

An­drea Southan: Hmmm.. Staffed by GPs! The same GPs that can’t be re­cruited or re­tained and are al­ready stretched to ca­pac­ity?

Linda Sky­danc­ing: They saved my life. How do we go to an­other hos­pi­tal miles away in time when am­bu­lances strug­gle now.

Some­thing else on agenda, like the pri­vate NHS the Tories are try­ing to bring in.

ChoyYeen Crolla: Signed. I trained at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal in 1976 and left in 1986 to get mar­ried. Now I live in Chor­ley, Lan­cashire. Sadly, A+E here has closed.

Chris Southan: Their track record is to axe and think about how to clear up the mess af­ter­wards. Peo­ple of Mac­cles­field and the large ru­ral area us­ing the hos­pi­tal, please sign the pe­ti­tion and pre­pare to take di­rect ac­tion. Stock­port and Stoke are al­ready fail­ing un­der the pres­sure. What do they think will hap­pen when they throw an ex­tra 50,000 at­ten­dances a year I AM call­ing for Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency ser­vices to be re­tained at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

It is vi­tal they are safe­guarded for res­i­dents in Mac­cles­field and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Bux­ton, Leek, Con­gle­ton and Knutsford.

The fi­nal NHS Sus­tain­abil­ity and Trans­for­ma­tion Plan for Cheshire and Mersey­side re­port was pub­lished on Novem­ber 16 and sets out the fu­ture plans for emer­gency care be­ing de­vel­oped for Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal in the months ahead, in­clud­ing op­tions in­volv­ing an A&E depart­ment, as we have to­day, or an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre.

No de­tails have been pro­vided as to what ser­vices would be pro­vided by such an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre, but the NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (ECCCG) has in­di­cated that an Ur­gent Care Cen­tre is not usu­ally staffed by con­sul­tants in emer­gency medicine. It is gen­er­ally staffed by GPs and nurse prac­ti­tion­ers.

Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the re­port, I will con­tinue to ac­tively cam­paign to keep our much val­ued A&E ser­vices, work­ing with other lo­cal MPs and Cheshire East Coun­cil, and to press lo­cal health ser­vice lead­ers to set out de­tails on what op­tions are ac­tu­ally be­ing con­sid­ered for the fu­ture of emer­gency care lo­cally.

It is im­por­tant these de­ci­sion mak­ers un­der­stand the strength of public con­cern and how clearly lo­cal res­i­dents want to keep A&E ser­vices in Mac­cles­field.

I have signed the pe­ti­tion to pro­tect A&E ser­vices (pe­ti­tion. par­lia­ment.uk/ pe­ti­tions/171296) and would urge ev­ery lo­cal res­i­dent to do this.

I would also en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to make their views known to health ser­vice lead­ers, in­clud­ing Jerry Hawker, chief of­fi­cer, NHS ECCCG, (jerry.hawker@ nhs.net) and John Wil­bra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive, NHS East Cheshire Trust (john. wil­bra­ham@nhs.net).

I will do all I can to en­sure these views are heard in the cam­paign to keep A&E ser­vices at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal’s A&E depart­ment

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