WIGAN’S accident and emergency services could be downgraded under controversial proposals.
Health chiefs at Wigan infirmary are locked in a battle with neighbouring Bolton for the right to continue to operate a 24-hour service.
The Healthier Together review ordered by the NHS has been leaked to the Observer by a whistleblower concerned this crucial debate should not happen behind closed doors.
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation NHS Trust, (WWL) in an as-yet private and confidential final response to the proposals, now also in the possession of the Observer, has damned the proposals and rejected them outright.
And Wigan MP Lisa Nandy is so worried about the “deeply flawed” review she is calling for its immediate suspension.
In the response to the proposals, WWL chief executive Andrew Foster reveals significant concerns about the review.
He warns that the plans, which will involve all hospitals in the county being reclassified as Green and Red sites, will have major repercussions.
Patients attending ‘Green’ sites will see many A&E services removed. Healthier Together insisted today that the discussions on social and health care across Greater Manchester aim to improve local services. It also pledged that “patient voices” will play a crucial role.
NHS in Greater Manchester spokesman Leila Williams said: “We are working on this together – local authorities, NHS leaders, doctors, nurses, and the public. It’s something we can get right best if we make the most of everyone’s insights.
“These are still early stages at the moment.”
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