I have now published a detailed, comprehensive and a realistic report into how a children's service could be returned to the Alexandra Hospital.
This is the second of two reports that I have published as part of my campaign to return services to the Alex. In July, I published a report into how a maternity service could be provided at the Alex. The two reports that have been produced form part of my Long-Term Plan for the Alex which will be published shortly.
Back in 2019, I was re-elected with an overwhelming mandate to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the town’s hospital.
Since then, and despite the impact of the pandemic, I have been doing everything I can to deliver on the promise I have made.
The report called ‘Returning a Children's Service to the Alexandra Hospital,’ clearly makes the case for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to provide an A&E which treats children and inpatient children's ward service at Redditch’s hospital.
The report looks at how children's services are provided in other parts of England, including North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which has a similar population size to Worcestershire, where children's services are provided at two hospitals.
The comprehensive document also sets out how record Government investment in the NHS and the recruitment of more doctors and nurses supports the return of a children's service to the Alex.