Trafford hospital A&E to close

Plans to shut the accident and emergency department at Trafford General Hospital, widely regarded as the birthplace of the NHS, can go ahead, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Burnham berates Hunt for 'disgraceful' A&E statement

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham told MPs it was "disgraceful" the MP who represents Trafford General Hospital's constituency was not given advance notice of its A&E department closure.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham. Credit: ITV News

Labour MP Kate Green was travelling home to her constituency of Stretford and Urmston when she was forced to turn around in Stoke and return to London to hear today's statement by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Ms Green arrived just as Mr Burnham was finishing his remarks.

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A&E closure 'tearing the heart out' of Trafford General

The Save Trafford General campaign said the closure of its A&E department is "tearing the heart out of the hospital".

Matthew Finnegan, the campaign's chairman, said the future of the hospital - widely considered to be the birthplace of the NHS - is now "in real danger".

Demonstrators march from Trafford General Hospital in Urmston, Manchester to Golden Hill Park last week
The Save Trafford General campaign said it is 'tearing the heart out of the hospital'. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mr Finnegan said: "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."

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Hunt: Trafford General A&E closure 'necessary'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said closing the accident and emergency unit at Trafford General Hospital is "necessary to provide safe and sustainable healthcare in the North West".

Campaigners have fiercely opposed the closure of the A&E unit at the hospital in Manchester, which is widely regarded as the birthplace of the NHS.

Demonstrators standing outside Trafford General Hospital last week.
Demonstrators standing outside Trafford General Hospital last week. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Following a review of the plan by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, Mr Hunt told MPs that the closure can go ahead - provided that nearby A&E departments consistently meet national waiting time targets.

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Trafford General Hospital's A&E department to close

A general view of the Trafford General Hospital in Manchester.
A general view of the Trafford General Hospital in Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Plans to shut the accident and emergency department at Trafford General Hospital - widely regarded as the birthplace of the NHS - can go ahead, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Read: Accident and Emergency Live

Read: What does the future hold for the NHS?