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Health trust hits back at 'erroneous propaganda' from union leader
Hospital bosses have hit back at a union leader for making “a series of completely inaccurate assertions” over the future of vascular services in Wirral.
Yesterday Wirral TUC secretary Alec McFadden announced a demonstration march will be held in protest at changes Arrowe Park Hosptial is facing.
He believes the scheme to make the Countess of Chester Hospital a centre of excellence for vascular surgery will be to the detriment of Wirral’s hospital and the local patients it serves.
He said: "Whatever the chief executive of Arrowe Park Hospital claims, the reality is that the plans would see fewer special doctors taking care of patients.”
He also claimed the situation is so poor that it led to Peter Herring, chief executive of the Chester hospital, resigning.
It was announced in May that Mr Herring will replace Adam Cairns at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and is expected to join the Shropshire trust in the autumn.
A spokesman for Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Trust countered Mr McFadden's claim, saying: “Mr McFadden makes a series of completely inaccurate assertions in his statement regarding the progress made, the positions of hospital executives and the impact on services and on patients."
The spokesman continued: "Only the most complex procedures are being transferred to the arterial centre in Chester, following best practice advice from the UK Vascular Society which will ensure outcomes for those patients will improve.
“The decisions taken on vascular services are in the best interests of patients across Cheshire and Merseyside, and were taken as a result of over two years of thorough planning and consultation, and have been subject to national clinical review.
“The South Mersey network will enable a 24/7 emergency arterial surgery capability, continued vascular surgery presence at local trusts, will safeguard other inter-dependent services, and will result in fewer deaths.
“Erroneous propaganda from Mr McFadden should not be allowed to stop patients from across Cheshire Warrington and Wirral from receiving those improved services.”