Call for new A&E

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

WEST Mid­lands Mayor Andy Street has urged the Govern­ment back plans for a new £36.2 mil­lion A&E de­part­ment at Wal­sall Manor Hospi­tal.

He wrote to Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock to ex­press “con­cern at the cur­rent state of af­fairs” at the hospi­tal.

But he said the new A&E de­part­ment could be up and run­ning in 2021 if the Govern­ment pro­vided the cash. Mr Street, a Con­ser­va­tive, said in the let­ter: “Our hospi­tal in Wal­sall is in par­tic­u­lar need of at­ten­tion fol­low­ing re­cent de­vel­op­ments.”

Wal­sall Heath­care NHS Trust, which runs the hospi­tal, is strug­gling to meet grow­ing de­mand for ac­ci­dent and emer­gency ser­vices, and the sit­u­a­tion is made even harder be­cause the fa­cil­i­ties are out of date.

It has asked for £36.2 mil­lion to re­de­velop the emer­gency de­part­ment.

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