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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt defends his decision to downgrade the A&E unit at Trafford General.
Leigh MP Andy Burnham claimed the move was 'disgusting' as the MP for Trafford Kate Green was not informed of the decision and was on her was home to Manchester when it was announced.
Commenting on Jeremy Hunt's announcement that the A&E at Trafford General is to be downgraded to an Urgent Care Centre, and in the longer term a Minor Injuries Unit, and on other changes to services at Trafford General Hospital, Kate Green, Labour Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston said:
Shadow health secretary and Leigh MP Andy Burnham blasts health secretary Jeremy Hunt for not notifying the Trafford MP of his plans to downgrade the hospital in her constituency.
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Matthew Finnegan, chair of the Save Trafford General campaign, said: "It is tearing the heart out of the hospital - the birthplace of the NHS - and that means that the hospital's future is in real danger.
"It will mean that patients will have to travel further and wait longer for treatment.
"These decisions can't just be made by clinicians - they have got to listen to what local people say. And people want an A&E, it's not an unreasonable request.
"Local people will be appalled and disgusted that they have not been listened to."
The accident and emergency unit at the birthplace of the NHS will be axed, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed today.
Campaigners have fiercely opposed the closure of the A&E unit at Trafford General Hospital in Manchester.
But following a review of the plan by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), Mr Hunt confirmed that the closure can go ahead - provided that nearby A&E departments consistently meet national waiting time targets.
The minister told the House of Commons that changes are "necessary to provide safe and sustainable healthcare in the North West".
The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the A&E at Trafford General hospital is to be downgraded to an urgent care unit. More to follow.
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Trafford General Hospital, known as the birthplace of the NHS will close the A&E announced health secretary Jeremy Hunt.