The fight to save two wards at a Midland hospital has gone to the House of Commons.
MP Peter Luff has challenged Ministers to justify plans to cut services at Evesham Hospital, in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Health officials have drawn up plans to close the wards as part of a package to save £4 million a year.
Evesham will lose orthopaedic services, which will be transferred to Kidderminster Hospital.
South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, which runs the hospital, said it needs to make savings.
But Mr Luff (Con Mid Worcestershire) said the plans would be fiercely opposed by local residents.
He said the cuts would hit the whole of Worcestershire and compared the strength of feeling in Evesham to the opposition in Kidderminster over the reduction in emergency services at Kidderminster Hospital. In a written Commons question, due to be answered later this week, he asked Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, how the proposed closure complied with the Government's promise to give priority to local feeling in developing health services."
He said: "The fight to save Evesham Community Hospital from being downgraded is as important to Evesham as the fight to save Kidderminster Hospital was to Kidderminster.
"But losing beds and services from Evesham won't just hurt the town itself - it will also hurt the whole of Worcestershire as we lose capacity from the health service in the county." The planned cuts were announced by Mike Ridley, chief executive of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, which also provides primary care in Pershore, Malvern and Tenbury Wells.
They involve closing the Bredon Orthopaedic Ward and the Willows Ward at Evesham, and providing Orthopedic services at Kidderminster.