Rachel has written to the new boss of the local Acute Trust as part of her continued fight to secure the return of a maternity and children’s service to the Alexandra Hospital.
In a letter to the recently appointed Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Glen Burley, Rachel has asked for a meeting to discuss the services which are provided at the Alexandra Hospital.
It comes as the Acute Trust’s current Clinical Services Strategy, which sets out how hospital services are provided in Worcestershire,
Despite the major multi-million-pound investment in the Alex in recent years, which includes a brand-new operating theatres, state-of-the-art robotic surgery, a brand-new Breast Imaging Unit, an expansion of endoscopy services and the return of the Garden Suite Chemotherapy Unit, Rachel continues to believe it should be a hospital where women can give birth and where children can receive acute medical treatment.
“Although I of course welcome the major, multi-million-pound investment we’ve seen in the Alex since I was first elected, I continue to believe it should be a hospital where women can once again give birth and where children can once again receive acute medical treatment.
“I have engaged extensively with Glen Burley’s predecessors and with clinical staff on the fight to return a maternity and children’s service, but I’m keen to meet with him and Managing Director Stephen Collman as we work constructively together to ensure my constituents receive the first-class healthcare they deserve.
“With the NHS receiving record amounts of funding and with an expanded workforce at the Acute Trust, I genuinely believe there must be an opportunity for the Trust to think again about how it delivers services at the Alex.
“I’ve always believed in the art of the possible, and especially so given the Trust’s current Clinical Services Strategy runs until 2025 – providing us with an opportunity to discuss what services should be provided at the Alex from 2025 and beyond.”