With Parliament back in session this week, Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, wasted no time in meeting with the new Health & Social Care Secretary to ensure the Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are at the forefront of his mind in his new role.

On Wednesday (September 5th), Rachel sat down with Matt Hancock to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the Acute Trust and how vital it is his Department continues to support the Trust on its journey out of special measures.

Rachel and the new Health Secretary also discussed the departure of the Chief Executive, Michelle McKay, and the need for a strong replacement who can hit the ground running.

Rachel said: “I wasted no time in meeting the new Health Secretary this week to discuss the Alex and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The Alex continues to be my top priority, and I wanted to meet with the new Health Secretary to ensure our town’s hospital and the Acute Trust is also a top priority for him in his new role.

“I was very pleased the Health Secretary and his team are already up to speed with the departure of Michelle McKay and are working on finding a strong and competent replacement. It was also very clear to me that the Health Secretary understands the need for the Acute Trust to continue improving, and fast!

Last week, Rachel visited the Alex to find out what the hospital is doing to prepare for the Winter. During her visit, Rachel spoke to staff about the success of the Frailty Unit and how this new service is reducing pressures on A&E.

“Last Winter we saw unacceptable delays and waits at the Alex, which is why I visited the Alex last week to find out what preparations are being made to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” Rachel added.

“I’m also continuing to keep up the pressure on the CCG to bring forward the plans for the Urgent Care Centre, which CCG bosses have promised will be in place this December.”