24th Jul, 2019

Cross party motion for public consultations in Redditch

Redditch Editorial 15th Jul, 2016 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

A CROSS party motion calling on health chiefs to hold a series of public consultations to explain why services at the Alexandra Hospital have been downgraded has been drafted by members of Redditch borough council’s controlling Labour Group.

Coming in the wake of the decision by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to move the in-patient care of children to Worcester, the motion, while noting the need for patient safety says: “We need to be assured as to what has been done to mitigate this decision and that this does not represent the easy option and a further downgrade of services to the people of Redditch and surrounding areas.”

Furthermore it reiterates the council’s view that health chiefs should be looking towards Birmingham for the health care of local people, saying of the latest downgrade: “This is further proof that this is the correct position and that the Acute Services provision in Worcestershire is simply unsustainable in its current form and we believe will be proven when the Sustainability and Transformation Plan is published.”

The motion:

[BLOB] Calls upon the Chair and Chief Executive of WAHT to host a series of public consultation events in Redditch, Bromsgrove and Stratford to outline the reasons for the change, the actions already taken to address the situation and also what will be done to ensure this isn’t a permanent change.

[BLOB] Calls upon the Chair and Chief Executive of WAHT and the Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Chief Operating Officer to attend the previously agreed Redditch borough councils Health Commission to address wider issues around the future of the Alex Hospital

[BLOB] To write to University Hospitals Birmingham (the QE) and the Women and Children’s Trusts in Birmingham to ask for their views on this matter.

The document will be sent to borough’s Conservative and Ukip councillors for their support and also to the leaders of Stratford and Bromsgrove district councils to present a united front to health chiefs.

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