‘Keep petition going’ urges campaigner
A CAMPAIGNER who led the petition has urged people to continue to support the campaign.
Assurances that the A&E will remain at Macclesfield Hospital have been made this week following a huge campaign.
But Claire Gilham, the nurse who set up the online petition to fight plans to downgrade A&E, said the community needs to keep up its fight.
She said: “Thanks to the Express for the campaign keeping up the support for the hospital. But nothing can be taken for granted and the petition still needs to continue.
“I urge local people to keep signing.”
The Express will also continue to ask questions about how exactly the department will look in the future to ensure that the vital services are not removed. Health providers in Cheshire and Merseyside need to save £909m by 2020 and it is still not clear where the cuts will be made.
Caring Together, which is made up of various local health partners, had made no further statement about this by the time we went to press.
The Express launched a petition of its own and put coupons in the paper for people to fill in – with more than 150 people returning them this week.
Go to petition. parliament.uk/petitions/ 171296 to sign.