Fight to save Leek Memorial Hospital is taken to Westminster

THE fight by campaigners to retain services at Leek Memorial Hospital has been taken to a new level.

District council leader Sybil Ralphs and Moorlands MP Karen Bradley travelled to London to meet with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, at Westminster to put their case.

Ms Ralphs said afterwards she was “encouraged” by the response from Mr Hunt to their concerns.

Major concerns have been raised about the future of the hospital following the recent closure of one of the two wards.

Campaigners are angry that the decision to close the ward was taken by the North Staffordshite and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Ghroup (CCG) ahead of the public consulation period.

The hospital houses a minor injuries unit and provides up to 20 additional services.

Mr Ralphs has called for a specialist dementia care unit to be established in the hospital which would serve the district.

Save Leek Hospital action group founder, local councillor Pam Wood, said: “I would urge everyone to keep up the fight and please keep posters and car stickers in place.”