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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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Concern growing for the future of Alexandra Hospital

Those at the rally today said they were deeply concerned about the future of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Hundreds marched through the streets to show support for the 'Save the Alex' campaign.

The future of the A&E department and maternity services are still uncertain.

Campaigners want to highlight how important the issue is to the local area and will be at the forefront of politicians minds after the election.

Lee Comley reports.

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Worcestershire CCG releases statement on 'Save the Alex' rally

We are aware of the rally taking place in Redditch in relation to proposed changes to hospital services.

The Worcestershire CCGs remain committed to commissioning safe and sustainable clinical services across Worcestershire’s three acute hospitals.

It is important that the NHS continues to listen to the public, and we hope to proceed to full public consultation on our plans later this summer.

– Spokesperson - Worcestershire clinical commissioning groups

Hundreds march through Redditch in support for the Alexandra Hospital

'Save the Alex' campaign wanted to highlight how important the issue is to the area. Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people turned up to take part in a march through the streets of Redditch today to show their support for the Alexandra Hospital.

Three years on from the launch of a review looking into hospital services in Worcestershire, the future of the A&E department and maternity services at the hospital are still uncertain.

Campaigners said the rally would send a clear message to health chiefs and whoever is elected on May 7th, to make services at the hospital their first priority.

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