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MPs meet health minister over hospital fears

North West MPs have been meeting the Health Secretary over their fears that Wythenshawe hospital is being downgraded.

Wythenshawe Hospital missed out in favour of Stepping Hill Credit: Granada Reports

It missed out on plans to create four so-called "Super Hospitals" in the region to concentrate on areas such as high risk emergency surgery.

The "Healthier Together" shake up would mean Wythenshawe becoming a local hospital focusing mainly on planned procedures.

Wythenshawe MP Graham Brady says the process for choosing the hospitals did not take into account several factors:

Cash boost for resort

Coastal towns like Blackpool will get £10,000 from a coastal revival fund to kick-start their economy. They will also be able to apply for £50,000 from the government. Each Coastal Community Team will receive advice and support from the Coastal Communities Alliance.

Communities will be able to bid for a share of the new heritage fund to tap into the potential local heritage has to benefit the surrounding economy and wider community. Mark Francois is the minister for coastal communities.

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Fears about health shake-up

A number of North West MPs are claiming people's lives will be put at risk by a major re-organisation of hospitals in Greater Manchester. The Healthier Together programme aims to concentrate specialist services like emergency surgery at four main hospitals - at Manchester Royal Infirmary, at Salford Royal, at Royal Oldham and at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

Manchester GP Ivan Benett is a supporter of the "Healthier Together" programme.

MPs raise concerns over 'Healthier Together' plans

Some North West MPs are claiming people's lives will be put at risk by a major re-organisation of hospitals in Greater Manchester.

The Healthier Together programme aims to concentrate specialist services like emergency surgery at four main hospitals: Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal, Royal Oldham and at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.

But the hospitals not among the chosen four aren't happy - the Royal Bolton, Wigan Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital in south Manchester.

Wythenshawe MP raises urgent question over health decision

The Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane has raised an urgent question over the decision not to award his local hospital 'super' status under new health plans for Greater Manchester.

The decisions means Wythenshawe will become a local hospital and will lose high-risk emergency surgery.

The hospital says it will continue to specialise in heart, lung, vascular, breast cancer and plastic surgery.

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Warning after woman injured in treadmill incident

Mum of four Yvonne Myers was looking forward to a relaxing run at her gym after a hard day at work. So she headed for the treadmills, the same way she had done hundreds of times before.

What she didn't know was that the previous user had left the treadmill running at such a high speed that the belt appeared to be motionless.

When Yvonne Myers stepped on she was immediately thrown off suffering friction burns so severe she had to be taken to hospital.

Warning over dangers of Hogweed

A common weed has been causing horrific burns to children and young people playing in parks around the North West. Hospitals in our region are reporting increasing cases of burns from giant Hogweed plants. Coming into contact with them has been leaving victims with painful blisters and permanent skin damage.

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