01:49AM, Friday 18 November 2011
Maidenhead MP Theresa May has said any removal of services at St Mark's Hospital would be a 'retrograde step'.
The Home Secretary was responding to an interim report on local NHS services by reaffirming that there is no case for services to be removed from the Maidenhead hospital.
She said: "With the focus of the work seeming to be on Heatherwood and Wexham Park, I am keen to ensure that services at St Marks are not seen as an afterthought."
"It would also be concerning if the potential option of closing Heatherwood Hospital was to result in any reduction in availability of services to my constituents.
"If this option is to be pursued then it will be necessary for the NHS Trusts to explain how the spread of services would work to ensure no overall loss of availability."
The 'Shaping the Future' programme carried out initial consultations before a public consultation is due to be launched in March.
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