Dear Mr Cameron,
Please find a petition containing more than 12,500 signatures against the proposed closure of A&E, ICU and other vital services at Trafford General Hospital, birthplace of the NHS.
Local people are worried about the impact of these cuts on their health and future welfare. They are not alone.
Conservative-controlled Trafford Council has voted unanimously against the plans, uniting all political parties in defence of local NHS services. So has the borough’s Health Scrutiny Committee.
Almost 1,000 people have signed an on-line petition, another 900 people have voted to save A&E, ICU, children’s services and acute surgery at Trafford General Hospital at our web site www.savetraffordgeneral.com
And 500-plus people have joined our Facebook campaign https://www.facebook.com/SaveTraffordNHS
But that’s not enough for health commissioners in Trafford.
They are intent on ignoring the wishes of local people and elected members of the council to press ahead with these reckless and dangerous cuts.
Their public consultation has been fundamentally flawed – local people have been presented with a single option of cuts. And commissioners have been woefully incompetent in failing to engage and involve local people, even managing to fail to send their consultation document to every home in the borough, as they had promised. Thousands of local people have not been properly consulted.
Trafford Council has written to the previous and new Secretary of State demanding that they intervene in this consultation process.
Now we are appealing to you to step in and take action to protect local people from this attack on our local hospital, the birthplace of our NHS.
Health Commissioners won’t listen to us – we hope they will listen to you.
We are asking you to forward this petition to Trafford’s health commissioners as a matter of urgency before the public consultation ends on October 31st.
We are also appealing to you to stand up for local democracy, local people and local NHS services.
Chair, Save Trafford General community campaign