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A&E unit supported by councillors

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A campaign has started over concerns that Telford’s 24-hour accident and emergency unit is to be closed.  The chief executive of Royal Shrewsbury and the Telford hospital argues that it would be unrealistic to keep both A&E units in full operation, while councillors argue that the Princes Royal A&E should be preserved.  While the debate is underway, it will also be discussed if A&E services will remain solely at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

A consultation process is currently looking into the future of emergency health care, but Kuldip Sahota – leader of the Telford and Wrekin councilors – said that when it comes to the discussion of A&E, there is “no room to manoeuvre”.  A debate has been scheduled for the next meeting, which is due to take place on the 12th of September.  This will allow the council to argue in favour of the A&E department’s preservation.

A&E essential for Telford residents

Mr. Sahota said: “We have shown in the past that we are willing to listen and compromise on how our health services are delivered to enable savings and efficiencies to be made and to ensure that services are delivered in the most effective way.”  However, he believes that an A&E department is essential for the residents of Telford.

Statistics revealed that both hospitals failed to see 95% of their A&E patients within the four-hour waiting time target since the beginning of 2013. Pressures on A&E departments and bed shortages also caused the cancellation of hundreds of routine operations over recent years.

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