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Bosses blasted for delaying review

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 12:02

THE CHAIR of the Save the Alex group has blasted hospital bosses for 'delaying and derailing' the release of options about the future of the site.

Neal Stote told the Standard he and fellow members of the campaign team had walked out of this morning's Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust board meeting after chiefs reportedly did not answer his questions surrounding the review of acute services in the county.

"We walked out due to the responses given to our questions about the Joint Services Review and the update given by the board.

"I stood up and told them we have lost confidence in the Trust's involvement in the process and I believe the Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group is about to do the same.

"They are continually moving the goalposts. There is an option there to see services retained at the Alex and future investment and the Trust is continually trying to delay or derail it."

Rebecca Blake, Labour Parliamentary spokeswoman for Redditch, said she believed the borough's residents had also lost confidence in the Trust.

"I was disappointed today that despite the JSR being on the agenda, there was no information given by the Trust as to the future of services at the Alex.

"In the past six months, the Trust has failed to communicate a coherent plan for the Alex and people have been left worrying about closure of the hospital and loss of services.

"Not only has Save the Alex lost confidence in the Trust, from what the people of Redditch tell me, they have too. I hope NHS Worcestershire and the CCG will better protect our hospital and services going forward."

Redditch MP Karen Lumley added: "This has got to be right because we don't want to be here again in five years time. We are close to a conclusion from conversations I have had with the commissioners, PCT and the Trusts and I hope today does not mean we can't all move forward together."

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