Welcome to the Alex Working Group section of my website. Here you will find the latest information and updates on the work of this new group I have launched.

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What is the Alex Working Group?

The Alex Working Group is made up of me as the MP for Redditch, the Chief Executive and Chairman of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as other key local stakeholders.

This group will be used as a forum to discuss all matters relating to the Alexandra Hospital, and to intensify discussions over my campaign to return a maternity service and paediatric service to the Alex.

Why have you set-up this Working Group?

If we’re to return services to the Alex, then I must engage with health bosses in a positive and constructive way – and this working group is a clear sign of this new approach, but this doesn’t mean I won’t continue to hold the Trust & health bosses to account.

I’ve always said the Alex has a bright future ahead of it, and this new working group reaffirms the commitment I made to you that the Alex has been and always will be my top priority.

What do you hope to achieve?

The ultimate goal is to return services to the Alex.

But I also want to develop a positive vision for the future of the Alex. Our town’s hospital is an essential part of Worcestershire’s health economy and it has a bright future ahead of it.

WHAT HAVE YOU ACHIEVED SO FAR?

So far, through my Alex Working Group, I have secured the return of the Garden Suite Chemotherapy Unit to the Alexandra Hospital.

The service had been under threat of not being returned to the Alex following its temporary relocation to Kidderminster Hospital.

Trust bosses have now confirmed the only option they are considering is returning the Garden Suite back to Redditch’s hospital.

I’m now working with the Trust on the timeframe for the service’s return. This work is already underway. As soon as possible is my position.

Rachel calls for Garden Suite return timetable

“It is only fair to all of those who need this facility to lay out a detailed plan that which will give them a solid idea of when they will see the return of this vital service to the Alex.”

Parliament is in recess, but Rachel’s work continues

Writing in this week's Redditch Standard (July 22nd), Rachel said: “Although Parliament is now in recess for the summer, this doesn’t mean that my work stops – far from it.“I won’t be going on a six week jolly as some always suggest when Parliament goes into recess.“I...

Rachel publishes report into returning a maternity service to the Alex

“I’ve never promised it would be easy to return services to the Alex, but I’ve never given up on anything in my life and I’m not about to start now.”

Rachel presses health bosses to return Garden Suite as soon as possible

Rachel is continuing to hold local health bosses to account over the return of the Garden Suite to the Alexandra Hospital.

Rachel welcomes further funding for Alex scanners

“I’m pleased the Government has provided further funding to ensure my constituents can receive their scans and diagnoses much more quickly.”

Work to begin on installing state-of-the-art robot at the Alex

Plans to perform state-of-the-art robot assisted surgery at the Alexandra Hospital will move a step closer next month when work to install the robot begins. Back in March, it was finally announced by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Hospital that a surgical robot...

Land Sale at the Alexandra Hospital Site

“As I’ve always said, the Alex has a bright future ahead of it, with the investment it needs and deserves on its way.”

Rachel welcomes multi-million investment in the Alexandra Hospital

“I’ve long said the Alex has a bright future ahead of it, and this £33 million investment in our town’s hospital is a clear demonstration of that.”

Rachel welcomes Queen’s Speech which delivers for Redditch

“This is a Queen’s Speech which delivers for Redditch” – the town’s MP Rachel Maclean has said as the Government sets out its agenda for the year ahead. Yesterday’s (May 10th) Queen’s Speech set out how the Government will seize Brexit freedoms to best grow the...

An update on the return of the Garden Suite

Writing in this week's Redditch Standard (April 15th), Rachel said: “Ever since Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed the Garden Suite will be returned to the Alexandra Hospital following our long and hard-fought campaign, I’ve been holding Acute Trust...