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Telford & Wrekin Council leader claims A&E closure plan will not go ahead

By Lisa O'Brien | Telford | Health | Published:

The leader of Telford & Wrekin Council today claimed he has been told the planned night-time closure of A&E at Princess Royal Hospital will not go ahead.

Health bosses at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) said they were expecting to bring in the overnight closure from December 5, due to staff shortages.

It was expected that the department would close between 10pm and 8am.

But Telford & Wrekin Council leader Shaun Davies today tweeted: "We did it!- the community sent the message and London finally woke up!

"Telford’s A&E will not close overnight!

"The community battle to retain our A&E and consultant led woman & children unit continues."

About 3,000 people took part in a march in Wellington on Sunday to protest against the plans, and thousands of people have signed a petition demanding a Government rescue plan to stop the closure.

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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