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NHS local reforms go to public consultation

Created on 01/08/2017 @ 08:31
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Health Chiefs have stuck to their guns and are recommending that A&E services remain at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after all.

After years of planning and extra months of reconsidering, the NHS Future Fit programme board has released its final recommendations on hospital services for public consultation.

Local health and social care partners met on Monday to consider the next steps to transform hospital services for local patients in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Powys.

The Future Fit programme board reviewed the additional assurance work that has been carried out to decide whether the time is right for a public consultation.

And now they have released their recommendations which will soon go to public consultation which include:

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Emergency and critical care

Urgent care (24/7)

Complex surgery

Outpatients and diagnostics

Women and children’s’ centre

Princess Royal Hospital (Telford)

Urgent Care (24/7)

The majority of day case surgery

Planned orthopaedic surgery



Midwifery led unit

Simon Freeman, Accountable Officer for Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and David Evans, Chief Officer for Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “We believe strongly that no-change is not an option if we are to provide safe and sustainable hospitals. The broad consensus today was that there is nothing in the independent reports that materially affects the decision to go to public consultation.

“The need to further review affordability and community provision is well known and work is already ongoing to address these. Both of these issues will be reviewed before the CCGs seek assurance from NHS England to launch a consultation.

“It is important to note that this is not a final decision, but a recommendation to go forward to public consultation to gather public views across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Powys on the proposals.”


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