Following another disappointing CQC report into Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, once again met with the Hospitals Minister to discuss the findings.

Last night (March 5th), Rachel met with Stephen Hammond, Minister of State for Health, to discuss the latest CQC report, unacceptable ambulance waits and what the Department for Health & Social Care is doing to support the Trust.

This is the second time in just four weeks Rachel has met with the Health Minister.

Rachel said: “I’m calling on ministers to step-up and address the serious failings at our Acute Trust which are leading to unacceptable ambulance delays and poor CQC ratings. My constituents deserve better than this.

“Once again, I want to stress the point I’m not talking down or rubbishing the hard work, dedication and commitment of the frontline healthcare staff at the Alex and the Worcestershire Royal. My issue is with the previous poor leadership of the Trust which has left our hospitals in the situation they’re currently facing.

“I believe there is now stability at the top of the Trust, with Sir David Nicholson now permanent Chairman and the appointment of Matthew Hopkins as Chief Executive – who I’ve already met and held constructive talks with.

“We must give Matthew time as he seeks to turn this Trust around. I’m confident in his ability and pleased he has committed himself to the Trust for the long-term.

“The best way to keep the Trust at the forefront of Ministers’ minds is to keep meeting with them and asking questions in the Chamber. That’s what I continue to do.

“I’ve never claimed each time I meet with minister’s it will solve all of the Trust’s problems, but if I just sat back and didn’t even try to engage with ministers and Trust bosses, I’m sure we wouldn’t see the millions of pounds of investment going into our hospitals which is improving patient flow and capacity.

“The Alex and local health services continue to be my top priority and I won’t stop demanding better for my constituents.”