Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire hospitals future: Informal consultation ends

Alexandra Hospital, Redditch
Image caption About 150 people joined a rally to protest over the plans to close the Redditch A&E unit

A period of informal consultation on plans to reform hospital care in Worcestershire has ended.

Last month Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs three hospitals in the county announced a shake-up of services.

The six proposals include the possible closure of the A&E and maternity units at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital.

More than 23,000 people have signed a petition against the proposals for the Alexandra Hospital.

Earlier this month about 150 people joined a rally to protest against the potential closure of the A&E unit at Redditch.

The trust said it needed to find £50m by 2015, blaming the rising cost of drugs and people living longer.

A spokesperson from the trust said a formal public consultation would take place later this year.

A final decision is expected to be made in December.

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