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. firstname.lastname@example.org).
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