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Monday, 17 February, 2003, 12:05 GMT
New hope for hospital campaigners
Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Richard Taylor was angered by NHS cuts
People campaigning for Kidderminster Hospital's accident and emergency department to be re-opened have been given fresh hope by a government pledge.

The Health Secretary Alan Milburn has urged NHS chiefs to accept that "biggest is not always best", and has stressed the importance of local opinion being taken into account when decisions are made about smaller hospitals.

Dr Richard Taylor, the independent MP for Wyre Forest, said he plans to use the guidance to argue for the re-opening of the A&E department at the hospital.

He said if ministers are prepared to consider alternative solutions for other parts of the country, they should be able to do the same for Worcestershire.

Commentators have accused the government of a U-turn by abandoning its policy of shutting small hospitals - a claim denied by the Department of Health.

Dr Taylor beat government minister David Lock at the 2001 general election as a direct result of the anger which the closure of the department caused.

The retired NHS consultant took 58% of the vote in Wyre Forest protesting against a decision to downgrade Kidderminster Hospital in favour of a new "super-hospital" in Worcester.


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