After endless delays, it looks like a decision has been taken. It’s a decision that is part and parcel of a wider process of cuts and closures in local NHS services – and if you want to make your voice heard, skip to the end of this post for two important meetings.
Telford and Wrekin
Health bosses intend to close the A&E at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital, downgrade the hospital, and move the Women’s and Children’s Centre from the Princess Royal Hospital to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The Women’s and Children’s Centre was opened almost exactly two years ago, at a cost of £28 million. This is the decision taken at last Friday’s ‘non-financial appraisal’ meeting. This option was promoted vigorously by representatives of SaTH, the hospital trust. We have been told it is a virtual certainty that this will be endorsed by a financial appraisal panel, and rubber-stamped by a Future Fit Programme Board in early October.