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A and E campaigners on the move

Campaigners fighting to fully reopen Chorley Hospital's Accident and Emergency department are on their way to a rally at Westminster.

They have collected more than 23,000 signatures on a petition to restore the unit to round-the-clock cover.

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Chorley A&E campaigners to protest outside Parliament

Campaigners want the A&E to be fully reopened Credit: ITV

Campaigners fighting to fully reopen Chorley Hospital's Accident and Emergency department will rally in Westminister today.

They have collected more than 23,000 signatures on a petition to restore the unit to round-the-clock cover.

Last week, it was revealed that the A&E would reopen on a part-time basis only, because of a staffing crisis.

WATCH: Chorley A&E to reopen part-time from January

Chorley Hospital's A&E department will reopen on a part time basis from next year.

The trust has not been able to recruit enough staff to run it, instead it will be asking its doctors and nurses to work extra hours.

An independent review into the closure of the department has found that it could reopen for 12 hours a day despite staffing shortages. But the report says the department cannot return to a 24 hour service.

Chorley MP wants commitment on full A&E re-opening

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle has told ITV News he's pleased with the recommendation to re-open Chorley and South Ribble Hospital’s closed A&E department, but he wants to see it happen sooner.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle Credit: Press Association

The department closed in April because of shortage of doctors.

Lindsay Hoyle says he still needs a commitment from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust to fully reopen the department once they've recruited enough staff.

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Calls for Lancashire Trust to 'urgently hire more staff' as it's labelled 'chaotic'

It is claimed that the impact of closing the Chorley A&E has left the department in 'chaos' and patients are being put at risk.

That's the view of councillors who are calling for the Lancashire Trust which runs it to prove it's taking action by urgently recruiting more staff.

This weekend campaigners protested at hospitals across Lancashire and Greater Manchester because their services are being hit by the closure.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has this report:

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