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MP hits back at 'scaremongering' council’s hospital A&E plea

A Shropshire Conservative MP has hit back at Telford's Labour council for insisting that the county’s NHS hospital transformation programme should be reconsidered.

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Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. Emergency Department

Telford & Wrekin Council’s leader Shaun Davies reinforced his message yesterday asking for the government to reconsider plans to downgrade the A&E services at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) into an ‘A&E Local’.

The council sent a legal request to Steve Barclay, secretary of state for Health and social care, in March asking him to reconsider the plans.

As part of the transformation programme the consultant-led Women and Children’s Unit would also be moved to Shrewsbury.

The council claim that the original business case supporting Future Fit plans – made in 2018 – is now outdated.

Telford & Wrekin Council have asked for the plans to be re-considered due to the borough having a growing population including women and children.

They also claim that there is a ‘disproportionately higher number of residents without access to a private motor vehicle’ in the borough compared to Shropshire. The council also state that the borough has ‘greater health inequalities’ than in Shropshire.