NE Beds MP Alistair Burt has welcomed movement on the long running discussions over the future of local hospital.

Mr Burt said:- 'I am pleased that there has been an announcement that appears to safeguard essential services at Bedford Hospital including A&E, Maternity and Paediatrics. The uncertainty has lasted too long, and we need more detail on how a merged Bedfordshire wide hospital Trust might work, but in principle bringing the resources of Luton & Dunstable and Bedford together should be good news for the NHS in our area.

I will be waiting for further consultations on behalf of constituents and the response of those who work in the NHS locally, but I wish these discussions well.'