“Health bosses haven’t completely dismissed out-of-hand my calls for services to be returned to the Alex,” Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, has said.

It comes following a recent Alex Working Group meeting last week between Rachel and the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Matthew Hopkins.

Last year, Rachel launched her Alex Working Group in order to intensify discussions over her election pledge to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the Alexandra Hospital.

“I was re-elected to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the Alex, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing,” Rachel said.

“At times during this pandemic it was right that these discussions were put on hold. It would not have been appropriate for me to divert the attention of the NHS away from dealing with the pandemic and saving lives.

“But now more than 80% of adults in Redditch have received their first dose of the COVID Vaccine, and now that we’re learning to live with this virus, it’s right I once again begin engaging with health bosses on the issue of returning services to our town’s hospital.

At last week’s meeting, Rachel once again asked Trust bosses about improving the healthcare provision for children at the Alex.

“My Alex Working Group meetings with the Trust are always cordial and positive,” Rachel added.

“These meetings are vital if I’m to make progress in my campaign to return services. And these meetings are positive in the sense that health bosses haven’t completely dismissed out-of-hand my calls for services to be returned to the Alex.

“As I’ve said before, there are multiple examples from across the country of Trust’s running two hospitals which both provide maternity and children’s services.

“If it’s possible in other parts of the country, then it should be possible here in Worcestershire.

“This campaign isn’t about the grievances of the past, it’s about looking ahead to the future. As Redditch continues to grow, it should have a hospital where children can be treated and where women can give birth.”