Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Friday, August 28, 2009


At the recent Full Council Meeting of St Helens Council we asked the Labour Group on behalf of Rainhill residents to move a motion which strongly objects to the relocation of the regional burns unit to Manchester.

The Labour Group also requested that a Scrutiny Panel be especially set up to include Halton and Knowsley to review any decisions which result in the adoption of the recommendation to locate the Unit away from Whiston Hospital.

A website has recently come online to fight the recommendation and is asking for your support.

Go to http://www.saveourburnsunits.org.uk/ to read all the latest developments. An online petition is in the process of being organised and the site administrator is asking for YOUR INPUT.

Liza Williams of the Liverpool Daily Post wrote on August 27th :

"A CRUCIAL meeting to decide the fate of Merseyside burns care has been postponed until after Christmas.

Anger by campaigners and MPs over creating a burns “supra” centre in Manchester has forced health chiefs to delay a decision on the matter.

It is thought the community backlash against the recommendation, and a scrutiny panel put together by local councils, has prompted the delay of the meeting."

Cllr Marie Rimmer has been asked to chair the Scrutiny Panel

2 comment(s):

  • What is Mr Woodward doing if he wants our votes in whiston next time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:09 pm  

  • I have contacted Shaun Woodward MP to ask what his role has been in the fight to stop this downgrading. He tells me that he has initiated a working group of local MP's to fight the proposed action ( Dave Watts, Eddie O'Hara, George Howarth, Derek Twigg and Mike Hall have been mentioned).

    Shaun has met with Ann Marr, Chief Executive. St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust and also spoken to Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health on this matter. The proposal will also affect Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the MP's actions will include saving both hospitals from being downgraded.

    A "Save Our Burns Unit" steering group has been established and this meets every Wednesday in Whiston Town Hall.

    A petition with in excess of 30,000 signatures has already been established. Shaun also points to the website set up to fight the proposals which is mentioned in the main body of the article.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 11:26 am  

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