LOCAL MP Rachel Maclean has met with representatives from Save the Alex to discuss hospital health services in Redditch.
Rachel met with Ian Johnson and Sharon Harvey following her calls for maternity and in-patient paediatric services to be returned to the Alexandra Hospital.
“Our meeting was constructive and helpful,” said Sharon.
“I did say that getting maternity back was not a realistic goal as there’s still not enough staff for two sites and all of the Care Quality Commission reports say maternity is probably the best department at the health trust.
“There’s no question over the level of service at Worcester, the only thing we don’t like is that it’s over there and not over here.
“For me the real problem is Accident and Emergency and we need to work to solve this.
“Worcester is too small, and the assessment of patients on their arrival is done by nurses instead of the consultants.”
She added: “I also disagree with her saying there’s an extra £20.5billion coming to the health service as that’s money to maintain the level of service we have now.
I don’t think the money is relevant to the situation.
“The service we get from Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is terrible, especially if you end up in A&E for hours and I’m just pleased our MP is keeping up the pressure.”
Rachel said: “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Ian and Sharon. They’re straight-talking and they tell me exactly what they think. Our meetings are always constructive and they both have so much common sense and so much heart for our local health services.
“Residents expect to see their MP reaching out and working with key stakeholders in Redditch. Save the Alex and myself both want what’s best for our town.
“Following our meeting, we all agreed on the need to keep up the pressure on Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
“Redditch deserves first-class health services. We’ve been waiting far too long for improvements. I will continue to make the case for services to be returned to the Alex.”