A&E consultation: The NHS is asking people to play Russian roulette with their health

The Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow and Clee are backing Option 1 for Future Fit. But they warn that asking people to choose to choose a single A&E for Shropshire is like asking them to play Russian Roulette with people’s lives.

Faced with the choice between Option 1, with the A&E based in Shrewsbury, and Option 2, which would see the single A&E site in Telford, they are backing Option 1.

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Future Fit consultation launches: It’s time to decide the future of Shropshire’s hospitals

We have been waiting for this, even dreading this, for a long time. Way back in 2013, health managers announced that the county’s health services were to be reshaped. Not long after, they said that one of the A&Es would close under the Future Fit programme. Controversy has been raging since.

Today, the Clinical Commissioning Groups launched a major consultation on reorganising services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princes Royal Hospital. They are asking whether the A&E should be in Telford or Shrewsbury. If the A&E is in Shrewsbury, which is what the CCGs want, planned care will be in Telford. And vice versa if the A&E is in Telford. Health managers are not giving the choice of retaining two A&Es but there is an open comment box in the response form where this point can be made.

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Is it too late for a constructive approach to parking in Ludlow? Probably

It’s disappointing that there hasn’t been a more constructive approach to parking by the authorities to parking in our historic market town. Shropshire Council has been hell bent on imposing a standardised model of parking operations. Ludlow Town Council is taking an over-the-top approach to parking in the market area, including banning motorcycles.

This is driven by an obsession with regulation at the expense of a coherent plan for managing the town centre.

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New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)

Update 17 June 2018

I asked KeolisAmey for some details of the trains to run through Ludlow. Here is the response:

1)            What model of trains will you be running on the line from Cardiff through Ludlow to Shrewsbury and further north? How will these be powered?

We will run brand new CAF Civity Diesel Multiple Units, built in Newport. They will feature state of the art passenger provisions, with reduced noise compared to the trains they are replacing.

2)            What is the planned date for the introduction of this model of train?

These new trains will be introduced between July 2021 and May 2022, replacing existing trains and providing additional services such as direct services to Liverpool. Continue reading “New company to run trains through Ludlow and Wales from October on £5bn contract (updated)”