Local campaign group Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public has condemned the decision to strip emergency surgery from Wythenshawe, Tameside, Wigan, Bolton, Bury Fairfield and North Manchester hospitals, and announced plans for a conference to campaign against the cuts.
Our NHS is being restructured and repurposed to prioritise profit over providing care. A+E is high risk and expensive to provide making it unattractive to private providers and corporations
Spokesperson Hugh Caffrey said:
Today’s decision means moving lifesaving services further away from hundreds of thousands of people, and adding to the overstretch of healthcare across Greater Manchester.
These cost-driven cuts will lead to more cuts, putting a question over the continuation of A&Es and maternity services at Wythenshawe, Tameside, Wigan, Bolton, Bury Fairfield and North Manchester. It will repeat the disastrous experiences of downgrading Rochdale Infirmary and Trafford General, on a grand scale.
Healthier Together was dead in the water after only 1% of adults in Greater Manchester took part in its so-called consultation last year. Now it has been resurrected by an unholy alliance of Tory government ministers and local Labour politicians under the false flag of the bogus devolution ‘Devo Manc’ project, which the public haven’t even been offered a vote on.
There is zero public support for this slash-and-burn of our NHS. Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public will be convening a major anti-cuts public conference in the near future to fight back against these plans, under the headline “Getting Together Against Healthier Together”. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for details as they are announced.