Joint response from Dr Caron Morton, Shropshire CCG and David Evans, Telford & Wrekin CCG to letter published in the Shropshire Star on 25 June 2014:
We need to make it absolutely clear there are no plans to move any services to Stoke-on-Trent or elsewhere.
The open letter refers to Major Emergency Centres which were proposed in a national report by Sir Bruce Keogh, the National Medical Director of NHS England. This national picture was discussed at a patient meeting in Powys on June 9.
However, Sir Bruce went to lengths to point out that his report set out principles only, and that detailed solutions would need to reflect local circumstances and wishes.
The current Future Fit programme is doing exactly that. Local doctors and other health professionals believe one single emergency centre in the area would be the safest way to treat the most seriously ill patients. This would mainly deal with life-threatening illnesses and injuries – including treatment for strokes and heart attacks.
England has a national urgent care network and some very complex cases will always need to be treated at the most appropriate major regional centre. That has always happened and it will not increase.
Less serious cases would be supported by a network of local urgent care centres.