18th Sep, 2019

Redditch MP to hold parliamentary debate on future of the Alex Hospital

Ross Crawford 10th May, 2019

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean is to hold a parliamentary debate on services at the Alexandra Hospital.

It follows her calls last month for the configuration of hospital services in Worcestershire to be looked at again as a result of the £20.5billion cash boost for the NHS.

Only this week Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs the Alex – revealed it is to implement a series of Enforcement Undertakings agreed with NHS Improvement over its failure to provide safe services.

Back in July 2017, health bosses rubber stamped plans to transfer emergency surgery, maternity and in-patient childrens services from the Alex to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital due to staff shortages and patient safety.

Two years later and Mrs Maclean believes this decision should be looked at again, which is why she will be holding an adjournment debate in the House of Commons next Wednesday, May 15.

By holding this debate, it will mean Ministers from the Department for Health & Social Care will have to respond to the points she makes.

“With the NHS set to receive £20.5bn, it’s time the configuration of hospital services in Worcestershire was looked at again.

“All options must remain on the table, including the return of maternity and paediatric services to the Alex.

“Like every single resident, I want our town’s hospital to have a bright and secure future.

“My commitment to supporting the Alex is unwavering, which is why the debate on Wednesday will be the second one I’ve hosted since becoming your MP. It’s not easy to secure parliamentary time for a debate, so I’m delighted I’ve been given this opportunity for a second time.

“What’s key about this debate is that Ministers from the Department for Health & Social Care will have to respond. This is vital if I’m to secure support for my calls to see services returned to the Alex.”

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