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Future Fit: Shropshire Health bosses still 'in the dark' over funding for shake-up

By Lisa O'Brien | Shrewsbury | Health | Published:

Health bosses say they are remaining positive but are still in the dark over Future Fit.

A future shake-up of hospital services in Shropshire lies in the hands of NHS England.

Dr Julian Povey, chair of Shropshire clinical commissioning group, said: "We feel positive about it but we have had no indication about when there will be an answer.

"It is getting to the point where it is farcical. Everything has been signed off. It's just about the money."

NHS England needs to decide whether a long-awaited public consultation can be launched, but wants to know that the funding is available for any proposed changes.

The Future Fit proposals could cost in the region of £300 million to bring to fruition.

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin clinical commissioning groups have signed off a preferred option for the future of the county's hospital services, which involves a single A&E unit at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, while planned services would be centred at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital.

It also involves moving the consultant-led women and children’s unit to Shrewsbury, although Telford would retain a midwife-led unit.

Both hospitals would have an urgent care centre.

The second option would be for PRH to house Shropshire's emergency department and for RSH to become the planned care site.

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group was meeting today.

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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