Trafford General Hospital cuts: ‘Have your say’ meetings added after consultation pack sendout fiasco

By James McLaughlin

Trafford residents will have more chance to have their say on controversial plans to cut services at Trafford General Hospital.

Ongoing public consultation has faced criticism from MPs and public figures after it emerged a number of residents experienced delays in receiving consultation packs.

NHS Trafford this week announced two new public consultation meetings in Stretford and Old Trafford on October 22 and 23 respectively.

Medical Director at NHS Trafford Dr George Kissen said: “We want to ensure that local residents have had an equal opportunity to attend the public meetings and listen to the local clinicians about the proposal.”

The additional meetings will take place at the Old Trafford Community Centre from 10am – midday and St. Anne’s Community Centre from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Consultation centres around proposals to reduce the accident and emergency department at Trafford General as well as cuts to other services.

Wider plans for NHS reform in the area have come under scrutiny from Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green as she pledged to discuss Trafford’s part in the region’s shake-up with health bosses later this week.

Ms Green said: “More service closures raise serious concerns about capacity right across the NHS in Manchester.

“The NHS can’t just propose changes for Trafford in isolation from what’s going on in the rest of Manchester.”

Consultation on Trafford General’s future will remain open until 5pm on October 31 with Trafford residents able to have their say by post, online or by attending public meetings.

For more information about the consultation or to have your say, click here.

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