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Trust chief and MP to hold regular talks on progress of £29m fund

Correspondent 19th Apr, 2018

REDDITCH Rachel Maclean is to hold regular meetings with the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to make sure the Trust is doing everything it can to submit their full business case for capital funding as soon as possible.

Speaking to Michelle McKay last week, Mrs Maclean discussed her concerns about the time it is taking the Trust to get on with submitting their full business case to the Department for Health and Social Care to access the remaining £29.6million worth of capital funding.

So far, the Department has released £3million to the Acute Trust which will be used to construct a link bridge between the main Worcestershire Royal and the second floor of the Aconbury East building. This will improve patient flow and increase bed capacity.

The Department has also approved the Trust’s application to draw down £5million from the capital funding pot. This will be spent on a number of emergency projects.

A further bid for an £8million advance of capital funding has been submitted to accelerate the refurbishment of the Aconbury East building to provide 40 more acute beds before next winter.

Following the phone call between the MP and Mrs McKay they have both agreed to hold regular meetings to discuss the progress of the full business case.

“I appreciate putting together a full business case is a complex process, but I want to ensure the Trust is doing everything it can to move this process on and get the investment delivered into our hospitals,” said Mrs Maclean.

“As a resident of Redditch I want what’s best for the people of this town and this means holding health bosses to account.”

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