With her concerns increasing around patient safety as a result of long ambulance waits at the Worcestershire Royal and Alexandra Hospitals, Rachel has requested an urgent meeting with Health Ministers.

Rachel has written to the Minister of State for Health, Stephen Hammond, urging him to look into the matter and to discuss what more can be done to improve the situation.

As the Alex and local health services remain Rachel’s top priority, she is in regular contact with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust regarding this situation.

Demand on the Trust’s A&E services is growing. 12,184 more people were seen in less than four hours in 2017/18 compared to 2009/10.

Rachel said: “The safety of my constituents is being put at risk as a result of these long ambulance waits and it’s not acceptable.

“I’ve requested this urgent meeting, and I can’t stress enough how urgent this situation is, with the Health Minister to discuss what more can be done to improve this dire situation.

“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.”

 And last Thursday (January 17th), after demanding an urgent phone call with the new Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Rachel spoke with Matthew Hopkins to express her serious concerns over patient safety.

Rachel added: “I know Matthew only started his new role this week, but the ambulance handover delays we’re seeing are extremely worrying and serious. This situation has got to be gripped right now.

“Our phone call was constructive and I told Matthew directly that his Trust is letting down my constituents and the people of Worcestershire. I’m demanding better for my constituents.

“Matthew acknowledged there a range of things he can do and things that can be improved. He accepted they need to improve quickly.

“Work is ongoing to increase capacity at the Trust. There are now 60 new beds, including some at the Alex. The new Link Bridge, which I helped secure funding for along with my fellow Worcestershire MPs, should start making a big difference. Once fully operational the new refurbished Aconbury East Ward will help with patient flow by freeing up more capacity at the front door.

“As Matthew begins his new role, I look forward to working with him to deliver the quality healthcare my constituents deserve. I will be keeping the situation under close review and I’m in regular contact with health ministers, the Secretary of State and the Trust.”