MP “DEEPLY IMPRESSED” BY COMMITMENT OF HOSPITAL STAFF AND WELCOMES COMMITMENTS ON SERVICES FOR EVEHS
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MP “DEEPLY IMPRESSED” BY COMMITMENT OF HOSPITAL STAFF AND WELCOMES COMMITMENTS ON SERVICES FOR EVEHS

After a visit to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital today (Friday) local MP Peter Luff said how impressed he was with the commitment of the staff at all levels to delivering high quality care to patients.

Peter, the MP for Mid Worcestershire, was visiting the hospital with his Parliamentary neighbour Robin Walker, MP for Worcester. They were briefed by the Hospitals Trust Chairman, Harry Turner on a range of issues including the response to the recent report of the Care Quality Commission, on plans for service provision in the future, on the delivery of services via Evesham Community Hospital and by Consultant Breast Surgeon, Steven Thrush on the progress of the Worcestershire Breast Unit campaign. They then visited the colorectal cancer and maternity units meeting staff and patients.

Commenting after the visit, Peter said,

“So many good things are happening at our hospitals and we must let that good news get a better hearing.

“Of course the CQC report on care was worrying, but the hospital has responded magnificently. We now know that the Strategic Health Authority’s Quality Review visit to the Trust went very well, that the report from the independent reviewer Professor Janice Stevens is very positive and that the verbal response from the follow-up Care Quality Commission visit is also encouraging.

“I know the hospital has learnt from what happened. Meanwhile we must all recognise that patients are delighted with the quality of care they are receiving. I met a significant number of patients today who could not speak too highly of the quality of treatment and care they have received at Worcester.

“I also met a large number of truly committed and delightful clinical staff who are clearly doing an outstanding job, and rightly proud of what they are achieving.”

During his visit, Peter also pressed the Trust to deliver high quality services in Evesham, reminding managers that access from Evesham and the Vale villages to Kidderminster was very challenging for anyone without the use of a car. Afterwards, he said,

“I am confident that the Hospitals Trust understands the importance and value of Evesham Community Hospital. Indeed, given the continuing huge capacity challenges facing Worcester, it is likely that they will put more, not fewer services, through Evesham, which is good news too.”

ENDS

Photo shows Peter Luff, Harry Turner and Robin Walker after their visit.


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