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Fate of first NHS hospital Trafford General hangs in balance after public consultation closes

By James McLaughlin

The fate of Trafford General Hospital will be decided by health bosses by the end of January after public consultation to prevent the closure ended.

NHS Trafford has confirmed that the final recommendation by The Strategic Programme Board will be considered at NHS Greater Manchester’s board meeting on January 24.

The recommendation will take into account public consultation responses received this summer over controversial proposals which would see services at Trafford General Hospital reduced.

Dr George Kissen, medical director at NHS Trafford said: “We want to ensure that the hospital continues to be a vibrant part of the local community, providing the highest levels of safe and quality health care, both today and for future generations to come.

“We believe that this is also what local residents want and expect of the NHS.”

The meeting will follow three public meetings of the Strategic Programme on November 29, December 19 and January 15 at Flixton House, Flixton all starting at 9.30am.

Public consultation has been carried out this summer amid opposition from some local councillors and the ‘Save Trafford General’ Campaign.

NHS Trafford Proposals – ‘A New Health Deal For Trafford’ – would see the hospital’s accident and emergency department reduced to urgent care and cuts to intensive care, acute surgery and children’s services.

The hospital was christened as the first NHS hospital by then Minister of Health Nye Bevan in 1948.

To attend the Strategic Programme Board meetings, contact Jill Boardman at NHS Greater Manchester on 0161 212 6338 or email [email protected]

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