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Joining an ambulance shift in Wycombe

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in an ambulance shift in High Wycombe so I could see firsthand what the journey is like for patients. It’s not comfortable. We saw four cases, zipping up and down West Wycombe Road, but we were not dispatched to Stoke Mandeville. The morning’s cases were all treated in Wycombe. One would have had to go to Aylesbury under the proposed arrangements. Our ambulance services are run by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation […]

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Foundation trust mergers threaten local accountability

Via TheyWorkForYou, my recent question on NHS Foundation Trust mergers: Steven Baker (Wycombe, Conservative) To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has powers to refuse the merger of NHS foundation trusts covering two adjacent counties. Simon Burns (Minister of State (Health), Health; Chelmsford, Conservative) Under the National Health Service Act 2006, the Secretary of State for Health does not have powers to stop two NHS foundation trusts merging. This position would remain unchanged following Royal Assent of […]

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South Central Ambulance Service achieves Foundation Trust status

The ambulance service which covers Wycombe has been succesful in its bid to become a Foundation Trust. You can read more about the success here. The move to Foundation Trust status is part of reforms introduced by the previous government and continued by the Coalition. These give NHS trusts more independence from central Government control and more accountability to the people they serve. Many congratulations to the service and all involved in the bid. I have become a member of […]

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Wycombe Hospital consultation meetings

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A crucial public consultation on the future of Wycombe Hospital began on 16 January. It is being run by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Wycombe Hospital. This is our chance to have our say on proposals to change how NHS services are provided in High Wycombe. The exercise runs until 16 April and there are consultation meetings scheduled throughout the area every week in February. I urge everyone who cares about the future of our hospital to take part. Click here for an explanation of the […]

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