By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 26 September 2013 Updated: 27/09 07:16
CAMPAIGNERS are urging residents to back doctors' calls for a full A&E and maternity at the Alex.
The Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group has set out its plans for the future of the hospital which would see at least 14 hours of A&E provision a day and a consultant-led maternity unit, with the idea being to commission those services whether the Alex stays under the control of Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust or is taken over by another provider, likely to be University Hospitals Birmingham.
But Save the Alex campaigners have urged residents to back the proposals to help the commissioners retain the services on site, although there is no guarantee doctors will be able to find a provider willing to do so.
Chair Neal Stote said: "We are asking people to have their say. The commissioners have shown their intentions but they need to know whether the public are supportive of these so they know not only are they commissioning services they feel are needed, but also that the public feels they need.
"Proving the public are calling for that will strengthen the CCG's hand when they go into negotiations with providers, the Acute Trust and NHS England."
Visit www.redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk/news/rbccg for the full prospectus. Leaflets are being distributed by Save the Alex to give residents the chance to have their say but Standard readers can also fill in the form on page seven of tomorrow's Standard to voice their opinion.
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