Plans for further cuts in Worcestershire hospital services could lead to a crisis in health provision across the county, MPs have claimed.
Peter Luff (Con Mid Worcestershire) warned of "anger of unprecedented proportions" over the proposed closure of two wards at Evesham hospital.
He said Worcestershire hospitals already struggled to meet the demands placed on them.
Mr Luff was backed in the House of Commons by independent MP Richard Taylor - who was elected by voters in Wyre Forest, also in Worcestershire, in protest at cutbacks in Kidderminster Hospital, in his constituency.
He was also supported by Labour's Mike Foster, MP for Worcester, who called for a brand new hospital to be built in Worcester.
The debate followed continued controversy over the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, a new £97 million hospital funded and managed by the private sector.
This was supposed to meet most of the county's serious health needs, but critics say it doesn't have enough beds. It has been forced on numerous occasions to ask GPs to stop sending it patients.
The NHS has also been forced to make penalty payments of hundreds of thousands of pounds to its private sector partner, because the number of patients at the Worcestershire Royal exceeds agreed limits.
At the same time, other services, including Kidderminster Hospital, were downgraded as treatment was centralised at the new facility.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Luff said Evesham was now set to suffer the same fate.
He said: "What we have is the Government imposing high and unavoidable costs on the local NHS to meet contractual obligations to profitmaking private sector operators, leading directly to cuts in local services."
South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, which runs Evesham, is planning to close a rehabilitation ward, which serves patients from acute hospitals across the county, and a stroke unit. A third ward will also lose all its GPs, and orthopaedic services will be transferred from Evesham to Kidderminster.