Our campaign praised for leading battle
THE Express has been praised for its campaign to save the A&E department.
A campaign was launched earlier this month after it was revealed in a leaked report that the A&E unit was at risk.
Health bosses later said an option would be considered to downgrade it to an urgent care centre.
The proposal was in the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which aims to make savings and streamline services.
A campaign to save the department was launched and Macclesfield MP David Rutley and the leader of Cheshire East Council Rachel Bailey backed threw their weight behind the appeal.
An online petition set up by nurse Claire Gilham gained 3,000 signatures in just 24 hours and now has more than 9,900 names.
In the following weeks David Rutley and fellow Cheshire MPs George Osborne, for Tatton, Congleton’s Fiona Bruce and Andrew Bingham who represents High Peak supported a petition while readers were encouraged to fill in coupons in the paper encouraging people to oppose the move.
The news this week that the A&E will remain is a victory for the campaign.
Express editor Gareth Tidman said: “The response from the community was fantastic, delivering a clear message that we were not going to stand for our A&E Unit to be taken away from us. We believe that this message was clearly heeded by NHS bosses in performing this u-turn.”
MP David Rutley praised the paper for its efforts, saying: “Thanks to the Macclesfield Express for getting so strongly behind this campaign.”
Nick Entwistle, who attended A&E when he had a heart attack aged just 26, also joined our campaign.
Nick said: “The Macclesfield Express was huge in this, as a focal point for the campaign.
“Thanks to the paper for what it did.
“It shows what the paper can do for the community. It’s amazing what we can achieve if we work together. The powers that be have seen how strongly the local population feels.
“We called off the film but are ready to go again if the A&E is threatened.
“We will fight anything which risks people’s lives.”
“We won’t let A&E die.”
Macclesfield MP David Rutley and Nick Entwistle both joined the campaign