THE A&E department at the Alex is open for business and continuing to care for the people of Redditch and Bromsgrove – that’s the message from the local health trust.
The announcement comes after over 1,000 people took to the streets of Redditch in protest at proposals to change the level of care at the hospital.
The Save the Alex campaign is calling on the newly elected MPs for Redditch and Bromsgrove to work with the group to secure comprehensive care services at the Woodrow Drive Hospital.
Chairman Neal Stote said that any failure to do so would be an insult to all the people who thronged the streets of Redditch last Saturday in protest at proposals to change the level of care the hospital.
“I would, within a matter of days, expect to sit down with our MPs so we can work together to protect services at the Alex,” he said.
“Anything less would be a slap in the face for all the people who turned out and marched on Saturday and to all of Redditch and the surrounding areas.”
He also questioned whether two of the three consultants recruited would be sufficiently qualified to carry on the Alex’s role as a teaching hospital for junior doctors, crucial if it is to retain the same level of medical cover.
“One of the consultants who resigned is due to leave this week and, given the history of this trust, we have to question the calibre of the people who are replacing them,” he said.
A spokesperson for Worcestershire NHS Hospitals Trust said: “All three consultants are currently working as consultants in other Emergency Departments in England.
“One has been appointed substantively and is a recognised trainer.
“The other two are working to complete their training qualification. They have been appointed as locums and the expectation is that they will complete their CTT and be able to apply for substantive positions in due course.
“In addition we have a fourth consultant arriving from Monday on secondment from another hospital in the West Midlands.
“He is also a recognised trainer and we have a highly qualified locum (also a recognised trainer) joining from June 1 for at least three months to provide cover.
“With three recognised trainers in the department there should not be an issue.
“The news is very much that the A&E department is open for business,” she added.