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Campaigners gather against closure of maternity services

Campaigners gather outside the Alexandra Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners against the closures of maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are gathering outside the hospital.

Maternity services will be closed from midday because there aren't enough staff to safely cover neonatal rotas.

Services are being temporarily transferred 20 miles away to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

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Councillors brand maternity closures 'troubling'

Councillors have reacted to news that maternity services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch are to be closed, calling it "troubling".

“We’re very disappointed at the news that people won’t be able to go to the Alex to give birth from Thursday.

“None of us wants to put anyone at risk and safety is of paramount importance but it’s not good enough and we’re seeking firm commitments from the trust as to when this temporary closure will end. As winter sets in the well-known difficulties people in Redditch face to get to Worcestershire Royal will only get worse.”

– Redditch Borough Council Leader Cllr Hartnett

“This latest development is troubling and I hope they will resolve it quickly for everyone’s sake. The concern is also that this is a glimpse of what the future holds for Accident and Emergency and our other local services.”

– Bromsgrove District Council Leader Cllr Margaret Sherrey

London Midland cancellations between Longbridge and Redditch

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There is no service on London Midland trains between Redditch and Longbridge due to a signalling problem at Barnt Green.

Replacement bus services are being organised.


Campaigners react to news of fifth consultant resignation at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

A fifth consultant has resigned from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, a week after the health watchdog criticised patient safety at the Trust which runs it.

It follows the resignation of four consultants running the Accident and Emergency services earlier this year. At the time they cited pressure and changes to working practices, concerns the Trust said weren't shared by other colleagues.

Today the Trust confirmed the resignation saying "The consultant has offered to continue to treat patients and support the Trust and we are considering this."

Neil Stote is from the campaign group, Save the Alex.

Former postman wrongly convicted of rape loses fight for compensation

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Former postman Victor Nealon's conviction for attempted rape was quashed after he had spent 17 years behind bars.

He has now lost a High Court battle for compensation.

Mr Nealon, from Redditch in Worcestershire, had asked two judges to rule that UK law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it wrongly restricts compensation in "miscarriage of justice" cases.

He was set free after appeal judges ruled that fresh evidence made his conviction unsafe. Mr Nealon had always denied being the attacker.

He intends to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

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