When overnight paediatric care was centralised at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) promised to bring forward plans for a GP-led urgent care centre in Redditch. This was understood to be an essential part of the proposed model for Acute services. And yet despite repeated requests for clarity on this point, along with meetings with local health chiefs, there is still no timetable for its delivery.
Rachel said: “To date, we have seen no action on this and I understand why residents feel let down when a service loss has not been accompanied by the promised delivery of replacement services. That is why I am now launching a campaign to bring forward, without further delay, plans for the promised implementation of the urgent care centre in Redditch, and why I am urging for your help in supporting me in this bid by signing a Parliamentary Petition, which will be presented to the House of Commons personally by me.
“The urgent care service for under 16-year-old very sick children at the Alex would give parents much-needed peace of mind that their loved ones would be assessed, in a place familiar to them, especially for those who have difficulty travelling to Worcester.
“As a local resident who also relies on NHS services, I understand how important the Alexandra Hospital and the services it provides are. I have campaigned tirelessly to ensure high quality services are delivered in the town and the relevant investments are made in order that this can happen.”
The petition will be sent, in the first instance, to all who have written to Rachel with their concerns on local healthcare, but it is also available to download and print from her website.
Rachel added: “Demonstrating strong local support will add much weight to the case, so I would urge everyone to get relatives, neighbours and friends to sign it too.”