THE Wigan Observer this week launches a major campaign to save local hospital services after the borough’s health boss voiced fears of a damaging downgrade.
NHS Trust chief executive Andrew Foster has taken the unusual step of warning of “serious consequences” if Wigan and Leigh Infirmaries lose out in an overhaul of the hospital network.
His concerns come ahead of a public consultation over Healthier Together programme proposals which could see the borough overlooked in the bid to become a “specialist hospital.”
Now health chiefs and clinicians at Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust want readers to back a crusade to secure specialist status for Wigan Infirmary and so retain borough services.
The consultation starts at the end of June in which the views of Wiganers will be sought to decide on the future of hospital care across Greater Manchester.
Before then there will be many claims and counter-claims. Over the coming weeks the Wigan Observer will present in detail the case for and against any changes and what they would mean to the borough and its 320,000 residents.
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