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.

Statement on Tier System Vote

“Today, MPs face a choice, a difficult one, about how we handle the final months of this pandemic. While Labour will be abstaining in the vote on the tier system, a complete dereliction of duty, I will be taking my responsibility seriously.”

Statement on Redditch Tier 2 Restrictions

“I know continued restrictions will be tough, especially given the efforts we have already gone to this year, but we can’t relent now, we can’t let our guard down, we must continue to follow the rules in order to drive down the infection rate further.”

Redditch COVID infection rate falls

“I am cautiously optimistic the infection rate in Redditch is now falling and heading in the right direction. However, this doesn’t mean we can let our guard down.”

Rachel welcomes improvement to urgent care access

From October, as part of improvements to urgent and emergency care services, the County’s hospitals, including the A&E at the Alex, have been selected to be an early implementer of a national programme called NHS 111 First.

Rachel praises NHS staff after Acute Trust taken out of special measures

“After five long years, the announcement that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is finally out of special measures is a huge milestone.”

Rachel launches Alex Working Group

“I believe we have made a big step forward in fighting for what’s best for the Alex.”

Plans to return Alex services bolstered by funding for expansion of medical training facilities

Plans to return services to the Alexandra Hospital have been bolstered after Rachel’s lobbying efforts secured £3 million for the expansion of medical training facilities in Worcestershire.

No, the NHS is not for sale

The NHS is already protected by specific carve outs, exceptions and reservations in these trade negotiations. So I didn’t vote to not protect the NHS because our National Health Service is already protected.

A plan to rebuild after coronavirus

We were making progress and huge strides in unlocking Redditch’s full potential – but we must now redouble our efforts in the wake of coronavirus.

Prime Minister’s New Deal critical to plans to revitalise and rebuild Redditch

In Dudley today (June 30th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out an ambitious economic strategy to rebuild Britain, putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery post-coronavirus.