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Labour leader hopefuls arrive in Warrington for hustings

Labour's leadership hopefuls are taking part in a North West hustings organised by the party in Warrington today.

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Claims changes to Wythenshawe Hospital will 'cost lives'

MPs furious at a decision they say will lead to the downgrading of Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester have held a meeting with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Health officials in Greater Manchester did not grant Wythenshawe specialist status in the "Healthier together" reforms - a move campaigners claim will cost lives.

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:

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