'Cynical' Cheltenham A&E 'closure' slammed by town's MP

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A trust spokesman has previously said patients would still have access to the right care if the A&E closes

Cheltenham General Hospital's emergency unit is to be downgraded from September, MP Alex Chalk has said.

In a public statement, the MP said he was "astonished and dismayed" with the move.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has said no decision has been made.

But Mr Chalk said: "For it to be happening in the month of August when everyone is away seems to be really cynical."

The trust said in a statement that it will hold an "open discussion" with the community on any future changes.

"When launched, this will very much be a process of engagement," it said.

"We really want to hear what people think about how services could be provided in the future and have a genuine and open discussion about this."

A range of potential solutions will be set out in a public discussion document, the trust added.

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