The Trust’s rating of inadequate is overall the same as before. Whilst improvements in some areas have been made, and maternity services are rated good, it’s more a reflection of the excellent staff doing their best under difficult circumstances, rather than any perceived material change in the effectiveness of the management to manage. That the caring of staff itself has been rated as good in the Report confirms this fact but let’s not lose sight of the fact some services are not safe.
So, let’s be clear, any management would struggle given the challenge they face thanks to Tory Government NHS cuts, not to mention their refusal to give work visas to much needed doctors to work here.
Our local Tory MPs are quick to take the credit for good news but predictably go into hiding when the situation is more damaging for them. Your local Tory MPs have voted for NHS cuts, are content to see it privatised, and have supported a hostile immigration environment. All have consequences and that is being played out now in Worcestershire Acute NHS.
We have a Tory Health Secretary in Jeremy Hunt who has written a booklet on defunding and privatising the NHS, so no one should be surprised that is what’s actually happening now.
Waiting lists are an issue, as is capacity in A&E, so it’s obvious Ms McKay will cling to any lifeboat of good news, and does. Frankly, it’s not a good enough response to be pleased about maternity services when there is a shambles going on around her. Let’s not forget, this has been going on for a long time now.
The extra £8million she refers to might help in the Winter, but in case it’s escaped her attention, the NHS is in a year long crisis. Worcestershire Acute is short of £60million overall had it kept pace with Labour funding and the deficit as if by coincidence is around £60million.
Just this last weekend the same problems of capacity in A&E surfaced again. Things won’t change until we have a Labour Government who will give the NHS the funding that it, our communities, and people deserve. And on the 70th anniversary of the NHS, that moment can’t come soon enough if we are to save our NHS from Tory dogma that is killing the NHS in a thousand cuts inflicted on a daily basis.”
The Trust’s rating of inadequate is overall the same as before. Whilst improvements in some areas have been made, and maternity services are rated good, it’s more a reflection of...
Wyre Forest Labour today reacted with disbelief at the financial incompetence of Tory run Worcestershire County Council, when it was revealed by the NHS that the council’s costs figures used for the basis of the consultation to close Ludlow Road, are actually nowhere near the sums the council claimed.
It was the council’s claim that Ludlow Road was too expensive to run that prompted their decision to start the consultation to close the service, but NHS figures now show it costs £166,000 less than claimed per year and, it is in fact, Osborne Court running at a loss of some £237,000 per year.
The decision to close Ludlow Road in Kidderminster, which offers respite to some of the District’s & County’s most disabled children, so’s to allow their parents a break to recuperate, caused outrage from parents. It prompted Wyre Forest Labour to launch a campaign to save it and support the parents affected as it quickly became clear that the council’s consultation was deeply flawed and shambolic in approach. A campaign that has seen the parents gain considerable confidence to take on the council and now own the issue and the campaign itself, and in which they have been hugely successful with Labour’s help. It also triggered a Report from the Council’s Scrutiny Committee as other Party’s politicians came on-board to express concerns, and which was highly critical of the council’s consultation and proposal.
Wyre Forest Labour’s Stephen Brown said “What these figures reveal is a staggering level of incompetence and political manipulation of the process, all so the Tory council could achieve its objective to shut this much needed and very valuable service. It’s quite unprecedented and heads should roll. The political leaders at County Hall seem to have completely lost sight of their duty of care to the disabled children, the children’s families, and the council’s own responsibility for due diligence when paying for such services. The children and families should be their priority here, not slavish adherence to their austerity agenda for political reasons. However, we shouldn’t be surprised given the mess that the Tories have gotten their services and finances in but this takes even that up a shocking level. When will they wake up and realise the damage they are doing? If the council plough ahead to close this service, they will quite rightly find themselves on the end of a legal challenge. It has also cast a spotlight on the running of Osborne Court and I think the parents of the children there need some immediate reassurances. We set up the campaign to highlight the childrens and parents cause and it’s fantastic how parents have become empowered, with our initial help, to take on the council. This really has been about a community coming together to work for the good of the community against uncaring authorities.”
Tracey Rochelle, and Amanda Danby, from the parents group, expressed their frustrations with it all issuing a joint statement saying “Parents are demanding an urgent meeting with the council and the NHS to get to the bottom of the figures that clearly don't match the information the council told parents originally. Do the council even know how much they are spending on Ludlow Road? Because as far as we can see they haven't got a clue. It's far cheaper than they think and without the funding for Ludlow Road, and if all the children move over, Osbourne Court could potentially go into crisis. They have either mislead us or don't know how or where their money is spent.”
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Wyre Forest Labour today reacted with disbelief at the financial incompetence of Tory run Worcestershire County Council, when it was revealed by the NHS that the council’s costs figures used...
Wyre Forest Labour’s Stephen Brown today reacted to the appointment of Sir David Nicholson to chair Worcs Acute Trust by calling it a “bad appointment” and one which “should be reversed immediately.” He went on to say “someone more suitable should be appointed who can command the trust of local communities. Why on earth have they given the job to someone responsible for what happened at Mid Staffs NHS?”
Sir David Nicholson oversaw a failure to address the issues raised with him by families about the problems in the Mid Staffs NHS scandal. Campaigners claimed he was overly focused on finances at the expense of people’s lives, and patients died in consequence. He later apologised for his errors. Worcestershire Acute NHS already has a raft of problems it needs to solve and Wyre Forest Labour believes it needs more money, proper leadership, and not novelty appointments.
Further, Wyre Forest Labour is of the view that the problems in Worcs Acute NHS are as a result of Tory Govt policy in deliberately underfunding and wanting to backdoor privatise our NHS. All Worcs Tory MP’s bear responsibility for the malaise that is Worcs Acute NHS, which is in special measures, with A&E in crisis, and has chronic medical staffing shortages. All Worcs Tories, including Wyre Forest’s Mark Garnier, have voted for these policies, including for the hostile environment on immigration which has just last week meant overseas doctors not being allowed by the current Tory Government to work in our local hospitals, despite there being an urgent need for them.
The Tories cannot be trusted on the NHS, and only Labour has a plan to fund our NHS properly, train enough of our own doctors and nurses, and end NHS privatisation.
Wyre Forest Labour’s Stephen Brown today reacted to the appointment of Sir David Nicholson to chair Worcs Acute Trust by calling it a “bad appointment” and one which “should be...