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Doctor plan revealed for hospital
Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Richard Taylor says the plans are a "huge breakthrough"
Plans have been revealed for a new doctor to treat emergency cases at Kidderminster Hospital.

MP for Wyre Forest, Dr Richard Taylor, says each year about 2,000 patients are forced to make trips to Worcester.

The independent MP says the new doctor would work between the Primary Care Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit, and help restore the hospital's services.

The plan has been put forward by Adrian Noon, director of the ambulance trust for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Labour defeated

The MP said he would be urging the hospital to back the proposals when the government's emergency care czar Sir George Alberti visits Kidderminster next Friday.

Dr Taylor told BBC News the plans were a "huge breakthrough".

"At long last we've persuaded people we do need a doctor to treat patients in Kidderminster," he said.

In the 2001 general election, Dr Taylor, a retired consultant physician, won Wyre Forest from Labour, with a majority of 17,630 votes.

His victory followed a long-running campaign to prevent the downgrading of facilities at Kidderminster Hospital.

The new proposals can only be adopted with the agreement of the Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire Primary Care Trusts.

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