MP says health services ‘close to collapse’
Last updated at 11:22, Thursday, 03 October 2013
COPELAND MP and shadow health minister Jamie Reed has described health services across North Cumbria as being “in chaos” following his summit with leading health chiefs on Monday.
Mr Reed said that, while the area has some “superb” clinicians and medical practitioners, they are providing good levels of care “in an atmosphere of organisational meltdown”.
“It’s difficult for most people to appreciate the scale of the chaos in our local health services right now. I called this summit to flush out issues of concern and the reality is worse than I feared was possible,’’ he said.
“Incredibly, there are suggestions, discussed in papers presented to the North Cumbria University Hospital Trust’s Clinical Policy Group that bed numbers could be reduced at the West Cumberland Hospital and that maternity services might be removed. NCUHT told the summit this wasn’t being considered; their own papers say that it is.”
Mr Reed also said: “The projected number of patient transfers from Whitehaven to Carlisle has proven to be hopelessly inaccurate. Many more patients are being transferred than was promised and this is placing huge pressure upon the Cumberland Infirmary whilst operating theatres at the WCH are sometimes idle.”
Mr Reed said this had resulted in some patients at Carlisle waiting over 11 hours in A&E and in the cancellation of elective surgery. “There are even suggestions that the CIC is sending patients elsewhere for surgery such is the bottle-neck that has been caused.
“Other papers from the same event also show that moving high risk emergency general surgery from the WCH to CIC ‘risks a loss of support to other departments at WCH’ including the core services we were promised in Closer to Home such as A&E, ITU, medicine, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology.
“I cannot stand for this, and the people of West Cumbria will not accept it. Right now, CTH looks close to collapse, promises made in detail to this community look set to be broken.
“The summit was told that the government’s reorganisation of the NHS resulted in three years of turmoil during which time it was impossible to make any progress on delivering CTH. This vandalism has set us back years.”
Ann Farrar, acting chief executive of the Trust, previously said the decision to move the surgeries was made on safety grounds, but the Trust would, at some point in the future, consult with the public and was “committed’’ to talking to staff.
First published at 11:05, Thursday, 03 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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The turmoil was caused by poor unacceptable standards of management. In the last ten years. Did any of these latecomers to the crisis ever look over the hospital plans? But more to the point understand them. Too many people say by thinking the proximity of Sellafield would save the services.
The people will march but give them a solution to march for. The new hospital is not built for it to be a district general hospital. Think about it CIC cost Â£ 85million the new WCH costs less ten years later.it is realistically bound to be smaller. What district hospital does not have a fully functioning mortuary? Pathology and a high percentage of student nurses and junior doctors. Let alone consultants. Jamie and the invisible Tony and the local council are too late. Save our services were they all blind deaf and easily conned?
How many stages before "Close to collapse" happens along, bit late in the day Mr.Reed? What's your position in the opposition again?
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