Labour hopeful brands Alex news bad day for Redditch

By Ian Dipple Tuesday 21 January 2014 Updated: 21/01 20:41

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THE WOMAN hoping to win the Redditch seat for Labour at the next General Election has blasted proposals for the future of the Alex as a bad day for the town.

Rebecca Blake also warned to roll over and simply accept the findings of the independent clinical panel would be betraying the 55,000 people who signed the Save the Alex petition against cuts to A&E and maternity services.

"Despite the warm words, let's be frank this is a bad day for Redditch. Our local hospital is facing a downgrade," she said.

"There are no guarantees whatsoever children will continue to be born in Redditch and difficult births will certainly take place elsewhere. A midwifery-led unit where the risks are the same as a home birth is no replacement for the consultant-led maternity department we have now.

"2,100 births happen every year at the Alex, because of these proposals only the most simple births could continue to take place in Redditch. This simply isn't good enough.

"I have seen no solid proposals that guarantee direct public transport from Redditch to Worcester, to cope with the increased demand brought about by this downgrade.

"Under this Tory-led Government maternity services will be unrecognisable and evening care for children will be limited to say the least."

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