NHS campaigners are claiming to have seen evidence that both the A&E service and the £28m women’s centre at the Princess Royal Hospital are to be closed and relocated to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
If the claims are true this is an absolutely unacceptable outcome from the Future Fit review of Shropshire’s NHS services. We have been very clear from the outset that Shropshire needs full A&E services at both hospitals. Shropshire is a large, rural county with poor transport links and the additional traveling time to either hospital from the extremes of the catchment area can be a matter of life or death.
It makes no sense to remove A&E services from Telford where the bulk of the demand is and centralise them in Shrewsbury when Telford & Wrekin makes up around half the population of Shropshire and has better transport links. It makes no sense to reduce A&E services to a single site anyway but even less so if that single site is Shrewsbury.