Hereford & Worcester

Rally backs Redditch Alexandra Hospital services

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Media captionCampaigners are worried services such as maternity and children's care could move to Worcester

About 500 people have joined a rally to voice their support for hospital services in Redditch, Worcestershire.

The Alexandra Hospital has faced a series of problems in recent months.

In February all four senior A&E consultants resigned over "continuing uncertainty" about the future of the hospital, although at least three replacements have since been found.

It follows plans that could see changes to A&E and some maternity and children services move to Worcester

An NHS England report into the viability of the proposals is due to be published after the election.

At the time of the resignations the hospital trust said the consultants' views were not shared by all clinicians.

The Save the Alex campaign group, which organised the rally in Redditch on Saturday, said the turnout showed how local people felt about the plans.

"There are six [parliamentary] candidates standing in Redditch. All of them are saying nice things about the Alex," said Neil Stote from the group.

Mr Stote said the group would pressure them to take action to safeguard local services.

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