Shropshire in crisis: Health special measures and service cuts, future could be “Armageddon” – is it safe to live in Shropshire?

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is in special measures because patient safety is being compromised. Telford A&E will close overnight for safety reasons. Rural maternity units, including Ludlow, are closed for live births. For safety reasons. Shropshire Council is axing £4 million from its public health budge despite the opposition of the director of public health. The council’s cabinet member for adult social care and public health is predicting “Armageddon” in public health services.

Soon, the medics will be saying its not safe to live in Shropshire. It is beginning to feel that way.

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Councillor Tracey Huffer calls for STP health plan to give greater recognition to rural needs

Update 16 December 2016

Tracey’s motion was accepte by Shropshire Council.

Main article 8 December 2016

Councillor Tracey Huffer is calling for a greater recognition of the needs of rural areas in the new health plan (STP) for Shropshire. She is concerned that rural areas will be marginalised as the county’s health chiefs struggle to reduce the £12.3 million deficit at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) and the £25.9 million deficit at Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Tracey has put forward a motion to next Thursday’s Shropshire Council meeting calling on council leaders to lobby for the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to give a greater emphasis on health delivery in rural areas.

Tracey is a practising nurse as well as a unitary councillor. She says:

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More than 1,000 turned out for Save Ludlow Maternity Unit march – thank you all

It was the best of marches. It was the best of causes.

On Saturday, nearly 1,200 people marched through the streets of our town in support of Ludlow Maternity Unit (LMU).

20161203_march_start-cropped-2000March leaders Sarah Meek and Alison Hiles

We could not have sent a clearer message to the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. We want the LMU to remain open with a full suite of services.

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Rolling road closures from 12 noon today for the Save Ludlow Maternity Unit march

It’s the Save Ludlow Maternity Unit march today. We are expecting hundreds of people will turn out. Please join us. 11.30am for a 12 noon start at the Cannon in Castle Gardens.

The march will take us from the castle through the market and High Street onto King Street. We’ll walk along Tower Street. Turning onto Upper Galdeford, the marchers will pass the top of Station Drive onto Gravel Hill. Turning briefly onto New Road, the march will end in the lower hospital car park.

If you are not marching, give us a toot or a wave. This is march driven by passion for Ludlow Maternity Unit. It’s going to be cut back and we fear it will eventually close.

We will be putting rolling road blocks in place to ensure the safety of the marchers. We will keep these closures as brief as possible. Details are below.

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