Barrow hospital trust should not plan ‘covert’ changes - MP
Last updated at 16:22, Thursday, 12 September 2013
MATERNITY services at Furness General Hospital must be safeguarded, an MP has claimed.
John Woodcock has joined campaigners in demanding consultant maternity services at FGH be protected after a letter from NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson called for hospital bosses to listen to parents before changing any services.
In a letter to Furness parents James Titcombe, Liza Brady and Simon Davey – whose newborn babies died at FGH – Sir David said he thought it ‘inconceivable’ there would not be a unit in Barrow.
In a subsequent letter to Morecambe Bay trust chief executive Jackie Daniel, Sir David said the unit ‘is likely to be required in its current form for the foreseeable future.’
Mr Woodcock said any ‘covert’ plans should be stopped.
He said: “In making clear it would be completely unacceptable to downgrade Furness General’s maternity unit, it is great to have the chief executive of the NHS endorse wholeheartedly what everyone in the community has been campaigning for.
“The public will be gravely disappointed if the new local leaders of our health service have been secretly advancing plans to downgrade the unit after publicly acknowledging the strength of the campaign.
“After the failures of the past, they can take an important step towards re-establishing trust by making clear they are completely committed to keeping a full maternity unit at FGH.”
George Nasmyth, medical director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Let me be clear, there are no covert plans.
“We are absolutely committed to continuing to provide high quality safe care to women and families in the Barrow area. “Our priority is to ensure services remain safe and sustainable for the future.
“We welcome Sir David Nicholson’s views, and will continue to talk to local people along with our commissioner colleagues, as part of the ‘better care together’ initiative.
“We have stated that once we have the details of how future services could look, we will ask the public for its views again via a public consultation.”
First published at 16:02, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Consultations are worthless. The Trust take no notice of anything the public, the staff or the governors say. They just plough ahead regardless.
This present bunch are totally untrustworthy, devious and could not care less about the people of Barrow - even worse than the last lot and they have increased their numbers three-fold. They are here to totally decimate FGH and all its services. WAKE UP BARROW AND THE EVENING MAIL