Andy Burnham Meets with Save The Alex
Today at Winyates Pharmacy, Save The Alex’s Chair Neal Stote met with Andy Burnham the Shadow Health Secretary.
During the meeting recent capacity problems at Worcester Royal were discussed and also the future of services at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. Acute services have been under review in Worcestershire for the past 3 years and on Saturday hundreds of people took to the streets at a protest rally organised by Save The Alex Campaign.
Neal Stote following the meeting said:
“We have met with both Conservative health ministers and Labour Shadow Health Ministers and made clear to them the concerns held by the 200,000 people that the Alex serves.
Andy knew about the recent crisis at Worcester Royal Hospital and committed to, should Labour be in government after May 7th, a health summit in Worcestershire within weeks after the election to stabilise current services and then a much wider review of acute care in the West Midlands.
I welcome these 2 commitments. The current review, despite running for 3 years has always just focused on what Worcestershire can provide. I believe a wider review is the only way to ensure all options get looked at and to ensure the impact to the wider health economy of any cuts at the Alex is fully understood.
All candidates and parties have made pledges about the Alex and the wider NHS. I and Save the Alex will hold to account whoever is elected on May 7th”