Future Fit: Call to prepare for legal action

Legal action from Telford & Wrekin Council against the way decisions are being made over the future of hospital services is to become a step closer.

Future Fit: Call to prepare for legal action

The Council’s Leader Shaun Davies has called an Extraordinary General Meeting following yesterday’s recommendation by the board of ‘Future Fit’ to close the Princess Royal Hospital’s A&E department and Women & Children’s Centre and move them to Shrewsbury.

The meeting, to be held on Wednesday 7 December at 6pm at Telford College of Arts & Technology will call on Council members to endorse the launch of a judicial review, if necessary.

Cllr Davies said: “I know people say we are only complaining because we don’t like the outcome, however I want to make it absolutely clear that we believe there are fundamental flaws and mistakes in the way this process has been managed. We seriously question and continue to question the manner in which the Board of ‘Future Fit’ has come to this recommendation.

“Their proposal will go before the county’s two clinical commissioning groups who pay for the health and hospital services we get and who we expect to jointly meet next week.

“But our preferred option is for two fully-funded and fully-equipped accident and emergency departments for the good of the whole of Shropshire and mid Wales.

“I am bitterly disappointed that, despite writing to him several times, the Secretary of State for Health has not responded to our requests for him to intervene. I urge our two MPs to seek an urgent meeting with him and demand that he does step in and stop this fiasco.”