A BIG-hearted Redditch resident has put up £1,000 to start a legal challenge against the closure of the maternity unit at the Alex.
The Save the Alex campaign believes Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust acted improperly by closing the unit behind closed doors and without consultation, but they needed to raise £1,500 to get the legal wheels rolling.
Now pensioner Ken Todd has stepped forward, saying he was making the donation for the people of Redditch, their children, grandchildren and their children so they could have the healthcare they deserve.
“I’m doing it to support Save the Alex and Neal Stote its chairman and for all the people of Redditch who need to use the Alex.
“I’d also like to see them bring back all the services they’ve taken away from the Alex and to make sure we maintain a 24 hour consultant-led Accident and Emergency department,” said the 69 year-old.
“Ultimately I would like to see another health trust given the opportunity to run the Alex, for example University Hospitals Birmingham because if it’s left in the hands of Worcester all that will be left will be the impression in the ground where it once stood. The hospital does not belong to them, it belongs to all of us.”
A delighted Neal Stote said: “Thanks to Ken’s generous donation we can now get the wheels rolling with solicitors Irwin Mitchell and explore the possibility of taking legal action against this measure.”
Save the Alex is still desperately trying to raise funds – to make a donation visit http://goo.gl/ucGaA9 .