Since she was elected as Redditch’s MP in June 2017, Rachel’s number one priority continues to be supporting the Alex and making sure residents get the first-class services they deserve.
Within one month of being elected, Rachel met with the then Health Minister, Philip Dunne, the Chair & Clinical Lead of the Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Michelle McKay, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt.
In her maiden speech, Rachel hammered home her commitment to support the Alex. Rachel also used her first opportunity to ask a question in the House of Commons to press the Health & Social Care Secretary on staff recruitment at the Alex.
Rachel has also continuously lobbied the Government on the £29million capital investment promised to the Acute Trust. This significant amount of money will see the Worcestershire Royal Hospital getting upgraded maternity wards, theatres and children’s services, while the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch will get extra money to pay for improvements to the elective care centre, endoscopy, children’s outpatients and an upgrade in theatres.
Thanks to Rachel’s lobbying efforts, the first tranche of the £29million has been made available to the Acute Trust. This £3million will allow the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to construct a link bridge between the main Worcestershire Royal and the second floor of the Aconbury East building. Rachel continues to put pressure on the Acute Trust to submit their final business case for the remaining £29million to the Department for Health and Social Care as soon as possible.
Rachel has also launched a parliamentary petition to push forward the implementation of the GP-led Urgent Care Centre that was promised to us in Redditch as part of the consultation into Acute services in Worcestershire which concluded last year. There has already been an incredible amount of support from residents who all backing Rachel’s petition.