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.

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“This is yet another sign that my absolute belief that the Alex has a bright future ahead of it is true.”

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“I warmly welcome these new facilities which will help patients get seen quicker and ultimately help save lives by catching issues faster.”

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“As the daughter of an NHS doctor, I have always been in awe of everyone who works in our National Health Service.”

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“The Alex has and always will be my top priority and it has a bright future ahead of it.”

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“The Alex has a bright future ahead of it and our hospital will continue to benefit from investment.”

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“The Alex has a bright future ahead of it and our hospital will continue to benefit from investment.”

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“I’ve always said the Alex is my top priority and I will never stop fighting for our town’s hospital.”

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“I can assure you that I’ll never stop fighting for the Alex.”