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Consultation would deny real choice for the Alex

 

rb_alex_300.pngDecisions will be taken tomorrow on whether local people will be consulted on the latest proposals for the Alex in September.  

 

Evidence has come to light after Save the Alex received Freedom of Information requests confirming no information has been exchanged between University Hospital Birmingham and Worcestershire Acute Trust.

Rebecca Blake, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate said “We were promised the option of an alternative provider of services at the Alex would be investigated and now we find out that this has not happened.  This brings the entire review into question and if the consultation were to go ahead under these circumstances it would be a mere tick box exercise by commissioners. 

"I want local people to have genuine choices in the consultation.  When will decision makers realise, we care most about retaining Maternity and A&E and less about which NHS Trust provides them.

"I’ve written to NHS England & Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group stating Option 2 must be investigated before any consultation should go ahead and querying decisions that have not been backed up with facts.

“Karen Lumley, Conservative MP for Redditch has stated she wants to see the options on the table next month, however given an alternate provider has been ruled out without investigation, I will not support a consultation that does not give people real choice”. 

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