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Future Fit: Date set for public consultation

By David Briggs | Health | Published: | Last Updated:

Health bosses have agreed to start a public consultation on siting emergency care for the county at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Accident and Emergency A&E at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Under the plan Telford's Princess Royal hospital would be used for planned care.

Women's and children's services would also be sited at Shrewsbury under the plan.

NHS Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups' Future Fit joint committee meeting last night agreed on its preferred option at a charged meeting.

The unanimous decision was greeted with cries of shame and hisses from the more than 100 members of the public.

The meeting agreed that alternative options of the opposite arrangement and a do nothing option would be part of the consultation

If ratified by NHS England consultation will begin in September.

Members of the Future Fit joint committee said they were planning for the next 25 years when there would be more elderly people and more with chronic illness in the region.

They said putting critical care on one site would help to attract more clinicians to the area.

David Briggs

By David Briggs
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Shropshire Star Content Manager

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