Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has welcomed assurances from hospital bosses in Tameside that no services would be cut back after recent reports had indicated that Tameside Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit would be one of 24 departments subject to downgrade or closure as part of wider plans to remodel NHS services across England.
Documents revealed in iNews1 and the widely respected Health Service Journal, had shown that A&E at Tameside Hospital was identified as a units for downgrade or closure as part of a far-reaching overhaul of urgent care.
However, in light of public concern, the Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital, Karen James, sought to ease concerns and assured patients and the local community more widely that the local hospital’s emergency unity would not be part of any possible downgrade or closure.
The Chief Executive who has been in post for two-year and has been credited for turning Tameside Hospital’s fortunes around, confirmed that none of Greater Manchester’s A&E Units were part of the reconfiguration, and that instead hospitals across the area would be following Greater Manchester’s Healthier Together strategy which would include the modernisation of units across the locality.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m delighted that Karen James has given us the assurances we need during a period of great uncertainty for our NHS.
“There are still a number of questions that need addressing in the long term as the government carries on with proposals to plug a £22 billion hole2 in the health service budget by 2021.
“I will always work to ensure we have the very best health and care services here in Tameside and Stockport.”