‘Re-open Trafford General as a fully staffed A&E/Hospital’ is the title of a petition recently launched calling for an operational accident and emergency department (A&E) to be reopened.
The outcry is to Parliament had been backed by more than 1,200 people within a short period of time.
Trafford’s A&E department was replaced by an urgent care centre just over 3 years ago in 2013.
In October, the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) and Walk-in Centre at Trafford General – the birthplace of the NHS – merged.
Back in 2012, over 9000 people signed a petition calling for the A&E department at the hospital to be saved. NHS managers were staunch in their belief that the department is too small to be cost-effective and closed it.
Whilst even celebrities like Urmston-born actor Matthew Kelly also campaigned against its closure, nothing else could be done.
Created by Gary Bodell, the new petition to the government reads: “Trafford General Hospital served south Manchester for decades.
“A couple of years ago, the A&E was closed and since then residents in this region need to go elsewhere.
“After a personal experience the A&E at the MRI is overworked and understaffed. Re-open Trafford General as a fully staffed A&E/hospital”.
The Government responds to a petition with 10,000 signatures, and one with 100,000 signatures is considered for debate in Parliament. Activists and residents are rooting for the former at the very least.
Highlighting the now derelict rooms within the hospital, the petition cites that “entire wards are closed off and in darkness”.
The petition has up until 18 July 2017 to reach at least 10,000 signatures.
Visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177422 online, to sign the petition.