Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s findings from their focused inspection at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital, Rachel said:

“The concerns raised by the CQC following their inspection of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s (WAHT) urgent and emergency services are all issues myself and my constituents will be all too familiar with. This latest inspection is clearly very disappointing.

“For many, many months now I have raised the issue of ambulance handover delays with Ministers and with bosses at WAHT. My constituents are being put at risk by this unacceptable situation. I am meeting with the Health Minister, Stephen Hammond, again next week and of course I will be discussing the CQC’s findings with him.

“Our hospitals are continuing to see large numbers of patients which is clearly placing enormous pressure on emergency departments. It’s important to point out that capacity is increasing at both hospitals. Back in January, a 28-bed ward opened at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and last month a new 19 bed ward opened at the Alexandra Hospital.

“The CQC is right when it says the Trust must work with partner agencies so it can improve patient flow from the emergency departments through its hospitals. I will be pressing this point when I next meet with Trust bosses again.

“As I’ve said before, the Trust is letting down my constituents and the people of Worcestershire. They deserve better care than they’re currently receiving. The Alex hospital and local health services continue to be my top priority. I’m demanding better for my constituents.

“I hope this latest inspection doesn’t detract from the caring and compassionate hospital staff who work hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for us in our time of need. I’m always hearing wonderful stories from my constituents about the Trust’s wonderful staff.“We all want to see an end to this situation and I’m doing what I can as your MP to put pressure on Trust bosses, and the Government, to ensure my constituents receive the first-class healthcare they deserve.”