DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WORCESTERSHIRE'S HOSPITALS “UNBELIEVABLE" SAYS LUFF
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The MP is pledging his full support for equal treatment for the county's hospitals after receiving a letter from the trust chairman, Michael O'Riordan.

The news that two hospital trusts in the West Midlands will get their historic debt written off while Worcestershire's Acute Hospitals Trust will be forced to labour under the full burden of its debt and repay it in full has been greeted with disbelief by Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff.

The MP is pledging his full support for equal treatment for the county's hospitals after receiving a letter from the trust chairman, Michael O'Riordan. In his letter the chairman says,

"We have lobbied the SHA repeatedly for their help in clearing our historic deficit but instead we had to accept a loan of £25 million which has to be repaid at £5 million a year for the next five years.

"If the SHA agreed to help clear our historic deficit it would give us millions of pounds more to protect existing hospitals and services and begin exciting new developments, reduce waiting times, do more to tackle infection and improve hygiene standards and meet challenges like the recent pressure on beds that forced us to cancel non-urgent operations.

"We are deeply disappointed by the apparent lack of equity in allocating these funds. More importantly, I am concerned that Worcestershire hospital patients will be unfairly deprived of new services and facilities as a result."

Commenting, Peter said,

"On Monday I will table parliamentary questions demanding answers from ministers to two simple questions:
- Why, when the management of Worcestershire's hospitals have done such a good job to bring their finances under control, are they being penalised for their efforts?
- Why are the people of Worcestershire being discriminated against by this government yet again?"


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