Milton Keynes A&E and maternity unit identified for possible closure

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Milton Keynes Council has expressed ‘deep concerns’ after the local A&E deparment was identified for possible closure.

In addition, services at the busy Milton Keynes maternity unit, in a city with a growing number of young families, could be reduced or merged.

Council leader Pete Marland who chairs the local Health and Wellbeing Board has called for total public opposition to any closure OR downgrading of hospital services.

He said: “Milton Keynes Council is totally opposed to closing local A&Es.

“It makes no sense in our growing city, we will fight any proposals and we want an expanded hospital.

“We want it to be a major trauma centre with the capacity to meet the needs of MK, This is all about Tory under funding and we have to challenge their approach to the NHS.”

Councillor Hannah O’Neill added: “I am a recent service user of the maternity unit and I found it a great service.

“To see it downgraded or merged would be bad news for thousands of families having children.

“What we really need is an expanded maternity service with specialist medical staff, as a university hospital we should be a centre of excellence.”