Save the Alex campaign to meet health minister

By Ian Dipple Tuesday 13 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 14:41

MEMBERS from the Save the Alex campaign are heading to London today (November 13) to meet with the health minister to press the case for services to be maintained at the Alexandra Hospital.

They will be joined by the leaders of Redditch Borough as well as Bromsgrove and Stratford District Councils, Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi and Redditch MP Karen Lumley, who set-up the meeting with Dr Dan Poulter. Standard editor Ian Dipple will also be among the delegation.

Neal Stote, head of the Save the Alex campaign, said they were looking for assurances about what the Department of Health was doing to ensure access to a high level of Acute care and that all options would be looked at before any decision was made.

"I am hoping for a productive meeting, and assurances that action, when the time comes, will be taken when the final models are put out to public consultation early next year. If there is a model the campaign and the public can support then we want the Department to actively encourage the Trust to implement this model," he said.

"If there is not an option we can get behind then we will be looking for the minister to get involved. With a growing population, an ageing population, the need for the Alex to offer a full range of services has never been greater."

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