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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.

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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. 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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