13th Aug, 2020

'They're all heroes' Rachel Maclean MP heaps praise on hospital staff

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has hailed staff at hospitals throughout Worcestershire as ‘all heroes’ in the current coronavirus crisis.

In a letter to Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, she says “from doctors to nurses, from healthcare assistants to porters, from administrative staff to cleaners – they are all heroes – every single one of them.”

She continues: “It is difficult to put in to words the admiration and respect we all have for them.”

Her letter comes just seven weeks after a damning Care Quality Commission report which described the Accident and Emergency departments at the Alex and Worcestershire Royal as ‘Inadequate’.

That was after a ‘focused inspection’ on December 16, 2019.

However the CQC praised staff in the Trust’s Accident and Emergency departments for their compassion, team work and resilience despite working in extremely difficult conditions.

Following the report Mr Hopkins said: “We know there is more our Trust has to do – and we are absolutely committed to doing it.

“Since the CQC visit we have, for example, increased the number of nurses in our emergency departments at the Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals and increased the number of senior doctors working in our Acute Medical team at Worcestershire Royal.”

Mrs Maclean in her letter heaped more praise on the staff.

She says: “Your staff at the Alexandra Hospital, Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital are on the front line of tackling this invisible enemy.

“Over the next weeks and months your staff will face pressures which will be unimaginable to those of us who do not work in the NHS.

“With this in mind, and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all my constituents, I’d like to thank every single member of staff working for your Trust for everything they’re doing to save lives.”

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