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".
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