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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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A brighter future for Wycombe Hospital


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Today, I am publishing a report I commissioned from   Durrow: A better future for Wycombe Hospital – a proposal for a long term & successful future. In the years since Wycombe was established as a district general hospital, healthcare demands have increased and changed while medical practice has become more specialised. As a consequence, hospitals like ours right across the country have faced a loss of services as care has centralised to preserve quality. Changes to A&E departments have aroused the most anxiety. People need […]

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Debate on Hospital Car Parking Charges


Yesterday I made an intervention during a debate on Hospital Car Parking Charges. You can view the full debate here. Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I want to set in context what my hon. Friend has just said about the scale of these charges. I have just checked the cost of parking at Chiltern Railways’ new multi-storey car park in Wycombe, and it is only £7.50 a day. I say “only” because that seems quite good value given that some people are paying […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Shortlisted for Award


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award. The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles. Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October […]

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Congratulations Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


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I am glad this morning to congratulate all the staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended the Trust is taken out of special measures. From the Care Quality Commission press release: England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust should be taken out of special measures following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards and his inspectors found that sufficient progress had been made to justify the […]

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