Closure threat to hospital A&E

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A review of healthcare services could see the closure of one of the nearest A&E departments.

Services at Milton Keynes and Bedford Hospitals are currently undergoing a joint £3.2 million review, which is expected to see one or both centres undergo a “major downgrade” of their A&E service.

Milton Keynes is Buckingham’s nearest A&E department, and very important to residents, Buckingham town councillors agreed on Monday night.

Councillors agreed that the town council should write to comment on the health review.

The review is being led by Bedford and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which oversee healthcare across the two areas.

An original 36 choices have been reduced to five options, which will go to public consultation shortly.

Former medical director of Milton Keynes Hospital Dr Sandro Lanzon-Miller told the Milton Keynes Citizen last week: “lt is my duty as a doctor to point out that I and the majority of my consultant colleagues (and many GPs) are very, very, concerned about the future of the hospital if it does not retain its status as a Major Emergency Centre, and if it merged with Bedford.

“We are in danger of sleepwalking into a catastrophic disaster for the growing population of Milton Keynes.”