Council leader warns of ‘backdoor closure of PRH’

Council leader warns of ‘backdoor closure of PRH’

The consultation on the future of the area’s hospital services risks being a public charade because the outcome was decided long ago, warns the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council.

The preferred consultation option would see 24/7 full A&E services centred on the RSH and the Women & Children’s Centre, currently based at the £28 million unit opened just three years ago at PRH, move to the RSH.

These changes would see a significant downgrade of services at the PRH.
Future Fit say that under the proposed changes around 40% of patients who use PRH’s current A&E would need to go the RSH’s 24/7 full A&E unit.

Under the preferred option, a new Women & Children’s Centre, would have to be built at RSH, replacing the new Women & Children’s Centre at PRH and consultant-led in-patient services would move to RSH. There would be only one Children’s Assessment unit based at RSH.

Mums-to-be from Telford and Wrekin and eastern Shropshire would have to travel to Shrewsbury to have babies in the consultant unit, as would children going to the Children’s Assessment Unit and those needing Emergency Care Centre or planned complex surgery.

Cllr Davies said: “We are very disappointed but unsurprised at the decision. The preferred option will move services from the PRH to RSH, with a very significant impact on thousands of people in the borough and eastern Shropshire. It could see the start of backdoor closure of PRH.

“Throughout this process we have raised very valid concerns about Future Fit’s flawed process, concerns that their independent review acknowledged.

“How can it make sense to press on with the most expensive option that gives no reassurance of much-needed community health facilities investment to help keep people out of hospital in the first place?

“It seems this whole charade must carry on regardless despite being effectively pre-determined by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, who have made it very clear for some time that this is their preferred option.

“We will continue to watch over this process very closely to ensure that it is fair, legal and transparent. All legal options available to us remain on the table.

“We ask that the public are given a longer time to give their views on a decision that effects tens of thousands of people, particularly given this will run over Christmas as well.

“Relying on the legal minimum 12 week consultation speaks volumes for what this is really all about – legitimising a decision made by SaTH long ago.

10 thoughts on “Council leader warns of ‘backdoor closure of PRH’

  • August 11, 2017 at 7:32 am
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    I was beginning to think I was Doris Stokes, after predicting this month’s ago x

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  • August 11, 2017 at 7:33 am
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    I’m not sure I understand why it makes sense to close a unit that was built 3yrs ago, at the cost of 28million, the build a new one in Shrewsbury for £55million. How is that saving money?!

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  • August 11, 2017 at 7:40 am
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    Makes me so angry reading this. As a developing town with more and more houses, in turn more residence. Why are our services being taken away. We need them now and moving forward. Not to mention the waste of £28 million

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  • August 11, 2017 at 8:04 am
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    Always said this was going to be the case from the very start. Shocking with the amount of new builds in the area continuing. Very sad

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  • August 11, 2017 at 8:28 am
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    Who would want to live someone so highly populated without a hospital? Mass exodus on the horizon.

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  • August 11, 2017 at 8:44 am
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    This hospital was built as Telford had a desperate need for one, there are hundreds more houses being built since it was built, so a more desperate need to keep it. Common sense

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  • August 11, 2017 at 8:44 am
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    If this happens I wonder how many people will die as they can’t get to Shrewsbury hospital. What about people with no transport to get to appointments etc. What about women or children that need care. They build a women and children unit at PRH what for just to be moved. All that money spent to be there 3yrs. They need to keep all services available across the hospitals. God help us if this happens

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  • August 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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    The people do not matter and to add insult to injury The Health Secretary has just spent £44,000 on his private bathroom at the new HQ, demonstrating the Government’s propensity to mismanage public funds. What would be the real cost of relocating these two units to SRH? Why, in April 2017, did Shropshire’s Hospital Chief, Simon Wright state that such relocation would not take place. Who is telling the truth, who is lying?

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