Senior doctors are calling for a full independent consultation to take place, before any reforms to A&E units are approved.
140 doctors, including eminent physicians, academics and surgeons, signed n open a letter to the Prime Minister arguing that the overhaul could put vulnerable people at risk.
"In our view, the idea of slashing huge numbers of A&E departments without significantly increasing resources for Ambulance services and hospitals taking up the strain or improving access to GPs will place the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society at risk.
There has been only perfunctory consultation on these changes and many local people feel they have not been adequately informed of the extent of the reforms. We ask that no further change takes place without full independent consultation and the approval of local residents."
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