A district council has called for the resignation of senior NHS managers and intervention by a government hit squad after the closure of Kidderminster General Hospital's accident and emergency unit.

Wyre Forest district council - where 18 of the 42 councillors were elected on a 'Health Concern' ticket in opposition to plans to cut services in Kidderminster - overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals trust, Worcestershire health authority and West Midlands regional office at an extraordinary meeting last week.

The move follows the bitterly contested closure last month of Kidderminster's accident and emergency and acute inpatient services.

The council called for the immediate resignation of the trust and HA chairs and senior management teams, along with 'suspension' of trust board members.

It demanded that health secretary Alan Milburn send in 'a government action team' to restore 'reasonable standards of acute health services'.

Health Concern councillor Brian Glass said the council would be writing to Mr Milburn. 'We will be calling on other councils in the county to join us in this, 'he added.

In a joint statement, the trust and HA accused the council of 'political point scoring' and 'some members' of the council of 'fostering scaremongering tactics' rather than accepting 'legal and clinical advice'.