Former hospital chief exec criticises A&E plan
A former hospital chief executive has waded into an ongoing dispute over the future of A&E services in Telford.
David Sandbach, a former boss at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) and an opponent of the PCT’s plan to centralise services in Shrewsbury, said A&E could actually be extended at a small cost - a move he describes as sensible given the rate of population growth in the area.
Telford & Wrekin Council, which has long voiced its opposition to the PCT’s plans, said the report produced further evidence that the proposals were “flawed and ill-founded”.
Council leader Andrew Eade said: “I have raised concerns about the proposals to downgrade PRH over a number of months and the whole council is united in its opposition against them.
“We will be considering Mr Sandbach’s proposals very carefully, but his paper again demonstrates there has not been a fair and objective approach from NHS managers in reviewing the options.
“It is clearly possible to continue to provide the present level of services and add to them at the PRH.”