Rumours are rife that the current review of hospital services at the Alex, which recently proposed consultant led maternity, paediatrics and emergency surgery no longer take place at Redditch in favour of Worcester has been dropped.
Rebecca Blake, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate said “I want confirmation that these unworkable plans are dead and that they won't simply be a sticking plaster until after the general election. If the review has been scrapped then this is a victory for local people, including Redditch Borough Council and Save the Alex campaigners, who have stood firm in the face of many battles since cuts to A&E and maternity were muted.
"However, if this has merely been kicked into the long grass, the Alex is not out of the woods yet".
"We have not accepted the piecemeal offerings which would have resulted in a downgrade of our hospital over two years ago. Instead people campaigned hard signing petitions, writing letters and attending protests because Worcester simply cannot cater for the needs of Redditch people.
"The Labour campaign “Redditch to the Royal” was my test of different transport to get to Worcester Royal. It demonstrated to decision makers whether it’s four hours on the bus or £53 for a return taxi, people from Redditch cannot easily access Worcester.
"Have health bosses listened to our plea that Redditch, the fastest growing town in Worcestershire, clearly needs bread and butter services like consultant led maternity at the Alex.
"Over the coming months and years I want to see long-term solutions that keep these services at the Alex and not just a sticking plaster until after the next general election. For the time being this appears to be a reprieve for local people”.