Dear Trafford MPs,
I am writing to you following the referral to the Secretary of State for Health of the ‘New Health Deal for Trafford’ by the Manchester and Trafford Joint Health Scrutiny committee.
As you know, the proposal recommends the downgrading and closure of Trafford’s A&E unit, the loss of intensive care, emergency surgery and children’s services at the birthplace of the NHS.
If these proposals were implemented, there would be a dramatic knock-on effect which would lengthen waiting lists and queues for treatment at Wythenshawe hospital, Manchester Central and Salford Royal, all of which serve your constituents.
As a result of the referral, Jeremy Hunt will now make the final decision on the future of our local hospital and the impact on 38,000 patients who last year attended casualty at Trafford.
As our three Trafford MPs, we would like to request that on this issue you deliver in Parliament a strong and united public voice for maintaining services at Trafford and upholding the democratic voice of your constituents, in keeping with the clear views already expressed by the public, their Trafford Councillors and Joint Health Scrutiny Committee members.
To this end, we request a joint meeting with all three of you and representatives of our campaign, so that you are brought fully up to date about the campaign to Save Trafford General.
Further, we would like you to facilitate a meeting between yourselves, campaign representatives and Mr Hunt so that your constituents have the opportunity to personally present the case against these cuts.
As you know, our Save Trafford General petition has been signed by 12,500 local people – the biggest petition ever raised in the borough – and was presented to 10 Downing Street at the end of last year. The strength of public feeling for our campaign to Save Trafford General is very clear.
We request that you demand a parliamentary debate, specifically about the future of Trafford General and accident and emergency services, in the context of the forthcoming ‘Healthier Together’ proposals for Great Manchester hospitals.
We also request that you consider jointly sponsoring an early day motion in the House of Commons in support of maintaining all threatened services at Trafford General.
The future of services at Trafford General is an issue of the utmost importance to local people throughout the borough. We urge our local MPs to work together to save the birthplace of the NHS from these disastrous cuts.
We would also be grateful for any suggestions from you, individually or collectively, about how the campaign to save Trafford General can be further advanced.
We look forward to a positive response.
Chair, Save Trafford General campaign