A petition to protect A&E services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has reached nearly 5,000 signatures.
Launched by Oswestry Mayor Councillor Paul Milner, the campaign is also calling for the creation of an urgent care centre in the town as part of the controversial Future Fit programme.
Future Fit is looking to redesign emergency care in the county and create a single A&E department either at the RSH or the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
At the Oswestry Health Group meeting on Friday, Cllr Milner handed over a further 1,400 signatures from all over the region to health bosses from the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is working on the programme.
He said: “We’ve already handed in 3,000 signatures and now we’ve added more, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping. This petition will continue.
“I’d like to thank all the residents for their continued support. We have raised awareness of the need for an A&E in Shrewsbury and for Oswestry to have an urgent care centre.
“If A&E goes to Telford more people from here will have to go to Wrexham, but we are the second-biggest town in the county so geographically the A&E should be in Shrewsbury. Telford has got hospitals in Wolverhampton, Stoke and Birmingham as well as Shrewsbury, so don’t need it so much.”
Cllr Milner also called for a final decision to be made on where the A&E will be based, adding: “It would be nice for this to resolved now. It’s what the residents deserve and they should have access to emergency care when they need it.”
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