‘Keep pe­ti­tion go­ing’ urges cam­paigner

Macclesfield Express - - FIGHT TO SAVE A&E -

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.

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