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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 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.”
“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.”
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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.
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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.