Boris - Do the right thing and stop Future Fit

The Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council has written to the Prime Minister urging him to stop the downgrade of A&E at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital and the closure of its consultant-led Women and Children’s Centre.

Boris - Do the right thing and stop Future Fit

In his letter Councillor Shaun Davies calls on Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP to overturn the ‘Future Fit’ plan to reconfigure hospital services which will site emergency healthcare at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and planned operations in Telford.

The Council formally referred the matter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock who earlier this month decided the plan should go ahead.

This will see the consultant led Women & Children’s Centre, opened five years ago in Telford at a cost £28 million and because of clinical need, move to Shrewsbury. In his decision, Mr Hancock asked the NHS to see if the urgent care centre planned to replace the Princess Royal Hospital’s  full 24/7 A&E can be delivered through an “A&E Local”.

Councillor Davies wrote: “We are not clear what services will replace the A&E at the Princess Royal as the NHS were proposing an Urgent Care Centre but now [Secretary of State for Health and Social Care] Matt Hancock has decided it should have an A&E Local, despite the NHS being as yet to determine what this is. What we are clear about, however, is that either an Urgent Care Centre or an “A&E Local” is not a full A&E service.

“This will mean that Telford will be the largest town in the country without a 24 hour Full A&E. The move of Women & Children’s Unit makes no sense as Telford and Wrekin with its younger and more deprived population has a greater level of need for these services.

“This Council has unanimously agreed to continue to fight the Future Fit proposals and that this issue should not be one about politics but the needs of the residents we represent and indeed those our local MPs represent.

I urge you to do the right thing and overturn the Secretary of State’s decision on this vitally important matter for our residents.”

The full letter can be seen here