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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