Our cam­paign praised for lead­ing bat­tle

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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