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MP Gwynne relieved to hear Emergency Unit to remain open but promises no let up in scrutiny safeguarding the NHS

Tameside Hospital’s Chief Executive has denied recent speculation that the Hospital’s A&E will be down graded or closed

Karen James the Chief Executive of Tameside’s Hospital reassurances that there will be no loss or downgrading of the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit has calmed fears from Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne.

He feared that a future closure at the Hospital was a distinct possibility.

The MP has welcomed assurances from hospital bosses in Tameside that no services would be cut back, recent reports indicated that Tameside Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit would be one of 24 departments subject to downgrade or closure as part of wider plans to remodel NHS services across England.

Documents revealed in i News1 and the widely respected Health Service Journal, had suggested that A&E at Tameside Hospital was identified as a units for downgrade or closure as part of a far-reaching overhaul of urgent care.

However, in light of public concern, the Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital, Karen James, sought to ease concerns and assured patients and the local community more widely that the local hospital’s emergency unity would not be part of any possible downgrade or closure.

The Chief Executive who has been in post for two-year and has been credited for turning Tameside Hospital’s fortunes around, confirmed that none of Greater Manchester’s A&E Units were part of the reconfiguration, and that instead hospitals across the area would be following Greater Manchester’s Healthier Together strategy which would include the modernisation of units across the locality.

Andrew Gwynne said:“I’m delighted that Karen James has given us the assurances we need during a period of great uncertainty for our NHS.

“There are still a number of questions that need addressing in the long term as the government carries on with proposals to plug a £22 billion hole in the health service budget by 2021.

“I will always work to ensure we have the very best health and care services here in Tameside and Stockport.”

MP Gwynne relieved at reassurances regarding the future of the A&E but vows to remain vigilant of any Government cuts that reduce capacity in the NHS

Rod McCord current Chair of the Tameside Hospital Action Group said: “While we welcome the explicit reassurances that a fully functioning 24 hour Accident and Emergency department will be preserved . We at THAG remain concerned at current plans to implement a plan to slash the number of acute beds at the Hospital by almost 55 per cent from 449 to 203.

The local community wonder what such a drastic reduction in bed capacity will do to services across all departments at the hospital.”

A spokesperson for Tameside Hospital said.:Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has no plans to reduce the level of care it offers at Tameside Hospital.

We will continue to provide the hospital beds we have available as they are needed by our patients.

Like most hospitals at the moment, we are experiencing a high demand for beds and are therefore keen to ensure that patients who do not need to be in hospital for medical reasons can be safely discharged into their own home or into another place of care.

As an integrated care provider, we are working hard with social services and other partners to ensure people can receive the care they need in the most appropriate setting.

This might be a community-based bed, rather than in hospital, or direct support in their own home.

We are therefore looking to further improve the services we offer, particularly in community settings, so that people do not need to stay in hospital longer than is good for them.