Alan Johnson is determined to make sure that "more services are delivered closer to home".
Thus the Healthy Futures and Making It Better proposals for restructuring health services in the Manchester area have been approved by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and the Health Secretary himself.
Thus the town of Rochdale will no longer have A & E and maternity services. You can no longer be born in Bury nor Salford.
Reports here and here.
Shame on you Mr Johnson.