Further attack on Shropshire NHS masterplan

A blueprint for the future of health services in Shropshire has been dismissed as being a “cuts programme” including “all the bad stuff”.

Gill George, chairman of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Defend Our NHS, accused health chiefs of “making things up” by claiming volunteers and communities could fill gaps left by cuts to health and social care.

She made the claims about the county’s draft sustainability and transformation plan after both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils attacked the document.

The councils said the report was too vague, lacking the detail needed to provide patients with the information they need.

The draft STP talks of the county having one A&E, preventing health problems and treating people closer to home.

Mrs George said: “There’s all the bad stuff we were expecting – the loss of an A&E, the downgrading of a hospital, the move towards long journeys for emergency care and long journeys for planned care.

Full Story in Shropshire Star 30 November 2016