Final decision on downgrading of services at Trafford General expected within days (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Final decision on downgrading of services at Trafford General expected within days
THE downgrading of services at Trafford General Hospital has moved a step closer and is scheduled to begin next month – pending a final decision by NHS England
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made the initial decision in July, which was ratified at a Joint Health Scrutiny Committee (JHOSC) meeting at Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday night – by a majority vote of one.
However, the final decision will be made by NHS England and is expected within the coming days.
Stretford and Urmston MP, Kate Green, who was present at the meeting, said: “Many local people will be very worried that services at Trafford General, including A&E, will be reduced within the next few weeks.
“Making sweeping changes in the run-up to the busy Christmas period will be very challenging.
“Everyone knows that hospitals are under much more pressure during the winter months. It’s vital patients do not suffer, and the NHS must guarantee there will be no adverse impact on patients.
“A priority for the NHS locally must be to make sure that Trafford residents know where, when and what services are available at different hospitals in the area. We can't have people wondering where they should go if there's an emergency.
“I will be meeting with NHS managers in the next few weeks to demand assurances about the care patients will receive, and how the NHS will guarantee it can meet patients' needs over the winter.”
Urmston councillor and Save Trafford General campaigner, Joanne Harding, has also expressed concern that Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary missed their A&E waiting time targets on at least one occasion in 30 weeks out of 35 – and questioned how they will cope following the downgrading of Trafford General’s A&E department.
“For us the fight goes on and I will continue to check, both as a councillor and a Save Trafford General campaigner, to monitor what happens.”
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