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.
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