Hospital bosses urged to come clean
The Trust which runs the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is being told to be honest about its plans for key emergency services.
The Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council has called on the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) to come clean after one of the borough’s MPs claimed to have had assurances that the Women and Children’s Centre will stay at the Princess Royal Hospital.
Cllr Shaun Davies said: “I have read what the MP has said about assurances she received from SaTH.
“There are two simple questions that need to be asked: Will all the current services that are delivered at the Women and Children’s Centre still be provided at the Princess Royal Hospital in the future? And will all A&E services being provided at the Hospital continue? The answers to both questions are ‘No’.
“This is another example of health bosses trying to downgrade the hospital and bring in changes by the back door.
“In January, in a newsletter to patients, they said their preferred option for a single A&E was Shrewsbury. Then they said Telford was going to keep an A&E which, in fact, is their planned downgraded walk-in Urgent Care Centre under another name.
“Then, they began to plan for a possible overnight closure of A&E in Telford. Again, this was something we were not told of in advance, despite being a stakeholder.
“Now we hear of assurances given by SaTH to the MP for Telford (Lucy Allan) that the Women and Children’s Centre is to stay.
“We understand SaTH’s latest plan is to keep the name of the Women and Children’s Centre, but it wouldn’t be the same facility Telford currently has and which only opened two-and-a-half years ago. It would be just a name, carried over from the current centre and given to a normal maternity unit that would not deal with all the cases currently seen at the £28million centre.
“This is misleading. We have repeatedly sought assurances from SaTH about their plans and not been given them.
“The Trust must confirm that the Women and Children’s Centre and A&E will remain at Telford until their ultimate futures are decided in a process and is carried out properly, legally and fairly.
“It is more vital than ever that we now make our feelings known about our hospital services.
“Over Easter our PRH4Me campaign has smashed the 30,000 barrier for the number of pledges.
“Our planned march and rally this Sunday takes on a greater emphasis to make sure our voices are heard. Join us in Walker Street, Wellington at 2pm or, for those unable to walk the one mile distance, meet at Charlton School for the last leg.
“And next month, the Council will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on a motion of ‘No Confidence’ in the management of SaTH.
“You can still pledge your support to the PRH4Me campaign at this Sunday’s march and rally, or online at www.prh4me.co.uk . “We intend to deliver these pledges and the very loud and clear message from people here at the highest level.”