A FURIOUS opposition has demanded the borough council performs a U-turn on its support for the proposed changes to services at Halton Hospital.
On Monday Liberal Democrats submitted papers to council chiefs to demand a'call-in'of the decision by the executive board to back the plans.
The call-in process - which has never been used before - means that the decision will now have to be referred to a full meeting of the council, where the issues can be fully debated.
Lib Dem leader Cllr Linda Redhead said: 'We have never felt the need to call in a decision before, but it's clear that the vast majority of local people are deeply opposed to the proposals to close wards at Halton Hospital and move critical care services to Warrington.
'The North Cheshire Hospitals Trust has not explained how people without cars are supposed to get to Warrington Hospital, and it's not at all clear whether Halton Hospital can even survive in the long term under their plan.
'We think it is wrong for the council's executive board to go on the record supporting the hospital changes when parts of the plan are still so vague.
'Instead of supporting the hospital trust, they should be putting pressure on them to provide much more detail on the parts of their plan which are not fully worked out, and to look at alternative solutions that keep the fullest possible range of services at both hospital sites.
'By calling-in the decision to a meeting of the full council, people can see whether or not their councillors support these proposals to run down critical care services at Halton.'