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.
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.
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.
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.