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My Keogh Review Question to the Health Secretary


My question to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on the Keogh Review: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Walter Coles died because he was forgotten. Edward Maitland died because he was fed solid food. I could name others; those are just two of the patients who have died unnecessarily. And yet high mortality rates made it on to the board’s agenda in Buckinghamshire only because of a trigger relating to concern for reputational risk. The board had no robust risk management practices […]

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Public urged to tune in to NHS scrutiny meeting


Via Bucks County Council: Changes to health services in Buckinghamshire will come under the microscope at a Council meeting next week – and the public is being urged to tune in to watch the discussions. The county Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee will be sitting down with NHS officials on Friday July 12 to review the progress made by the Better Healthcare in Bucks programme which led to a restructuring of services last year. The meeting will be […]

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Senior pay for NHS staff in Bucks


In the context of recent concerns surrounding urgent care in Buckinghamshire and the Secretary of State’s comments about managerial accountability, I asked for data on senior pay for NHS staff across Buckinghamshire. The Minister replied that, between April 2011 and March 2012, the number of staff in Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust paid over: (a) £50,000 was 488; (b) £65,738 was 318; and (c) £100,000 was 147. (Note that each figure includes the staff in the […]

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Acute & Emergency Services debate in the Commons


Last Friday afternoon, I was able to listen to my colleague’s debate on Acute and Emergency Services. Dr Philip Lee MP explained to the House his ideas for a consolidated super hospital on the M4 at junction 8/9. During the debate I made this point: He has set a number of hares running in my constituency. Will he concede that a number of NHS professionals, managerial and clinical, differ with him and think that a network of hospitals is an […]

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Discussing Better Healthcare in Bucks with the Secretary of State for Health


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As the Bucks Free Press reports, on Wednesday I took campaigners from the cross-party Save Our Hospital Services group to see Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health. We wanted someone to examine events in Wycombe to see that the Lansley criteria for change had been met, to examine the effectiveness of consultations and to ensure local managers achieve Foundation Trust status for improved accountability. Mr Lansley committed the Department appropriately. More news via the BFP next week, when we […]

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Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation: The local NHS response


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The NHS in Buckinghamshire has given its response to the Better Healthcare in Bucks public consultation. The headline breakthrough is that the Board reviewed public feedback and decided that the new minor injuries and illness service in Wycombe must be available 24/7 to meet the needs of patients out of hours. New services have also been agreed: Day assessment unit for older/frail people at Wycombe Hospital to allow them to be diagnosed and treated without overnight admission to hospital; Step-down ward for […]

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County Council stands up for Buckinghamshire’s hospitals and patients’ interests


County Councillors approved an important Health motion, after a strong and at times heated debate, at their full County Council yesterday (Thursday 26 April). The Motion, as passed, demanded that the future of Buckinghamshire’s Acute hospitals is safeguarded. This was in response to the changes proposed in Buckinghamshire NHS Trust’s ‘Better Healthcare in Buckinghamshire’ consultation. The Motion comes after the Council responded to the consultation, which ran from January to April 2012, with a number of concerns and issues which […]

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Wycombe Hospital CEO responds to my bus trip to Stoke Mandeville


After my bus trip from High Wycombe to Stoke Mandeville hospital, I wrote to Anne Eden, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, outlining my reflections on the journey. Here are elements of Ms. Eden’s reply: Improving the transport infrastructure within the county requires cooperation between many organisations not least the County Council, Highways Agency and local commercial providers and we are working closely with all three partners to improve access to our hospitals regardless of the Better Healthcare in […]

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A transport and health Parliamentary question


Further to my trip to Stoke Mandeville Hospital using the bus service from Wycombe, I asked a Parliamentary Question on the centralisation of health services and the impact this has on transport options for patients. The Minister’s reply is reproduced below: Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has received no representations on the effect of greater centralisation of health services on transport links. However, we continue to promote the importance of accessibility planning in any decision making and encourage all public […]

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Wycombe Hospital consultation meeting today


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Wycombe’s Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation meeting is today from 10:00 to 13:00 in the King’s Centre on Desborough Road. I’ll be there and I hope the meeting will be well-attended by local people.

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