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New hope for the future of A&E at Milton Keynes Hospital?

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Milton Keynes Hospital looks more likely to avoid a “major downgrade” of A&E services, after health bosses revealed their latest proposals.

Milton Keynes Hospital looks more likely to avoid a “major downgrade” of A&E services, after health bosses revealed their latest proposals.

Both Milton Keynes and Bedford hospitals are undergoing a joint £3.2million review ahead of a major overhaul of services.

Two weeks ago this review was preparing four options for public consultation, requiring one or both hospitals to suffer a “major downgrade” to their A&E departments.

But now five options will go to the public, and at least one choice will mean that neither hospital’s A&E is significantly affected.

Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, said: “I’m pleased that the most unpalatable options have been dismissed, indeed the option that A&E services continue at both sites is clearly welcome.

“Personally I remain convinced that we will see not only the continuation of a full A&E service in MK but that we will be well placed to have major capital investment to see the broad range of emergency and planned services enhanced.”

The review is being jointly led by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Bedford and Milton Keynes, the bodies which oversee local healthcare.

The five options now being prepared will appear on the Citizen’s website shortly.

Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “The NHS does need to change with more services provided closer to home, but this review says more about the government’s squeeze on NHS funding than it does about getting the best health care possible for the city.

“If anyone thinks they can dilute current NHS services in the city then they haven’t reckoned with public opinion.”

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