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Hospital apology retracted

23rd August 2007

The Conservative Party has issued the retraction of an apology made concerning hospital cuts. They have said that the apology was made by mistake by one of their "junior" researchers.

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust contacted the party to ask for a correction and said that their inclusion on the list was causing distress to employees.

The Trust were sent an apology and were told the mistake would "immediately be rectified".

Shadow health minister Andrew Lansley told the BBC "the threat to Telford's services continues".

He said: "I understand that no decisions have been made in relation to Telford but that future reconfiguration affecting services in that hospital are continuing."

"On that basis it was not correct for my researcher to apologise for its inclusion."

The chief executive of the Telford Hospitals Trust has said its maternity department faced "no threat" of closure.

The Conservatives published a list of hospitals which they claimed were at risk of cuts or closure. Since the list was issued, they said an error was made over the inclusion of Altrincham Hospital rather than Trafford Hospital.

However, the party leader David Cameron stated that there were "at least 29" district hospitals at risk of cuts or department closures.

Other hospitals have raised objections to the Tories' list and have asked for corrections to be made.



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