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Vascular Services for Thames Valley and in Wycombe


Regular readers will know I am committed to the highest quality NHS healthcare for Wycombe residents. For specialist procedures, there is often a tension between quality and location: time and again, clinical imperatives on safety and quality lead to centralisation to enable consultants and other staff to deliver expert care. So, bearing in mind the debate I called in 2013, I was concerned to hear about changes to vascular services at Wycombe Hospital. From April 2016, patients from Buckinghamshire who seek specialist […]

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Fairer funding for health in Wycombe


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Today, local campaigners will be handing a petition to Downing Street about fairer funding. I am disappointed that constituency engagements in Wycombe and very short notice mean I am unable to join them. I understand the text of the petition is as follows: We ask you [the Chancellor] to ensure that Buckinghamshire not only receives the national average in funds, but we also receive enough public funding so that key services are restored to Wycombe Hospital. I have twice submitted petitions to the […]

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A&E at Wycombe Hospital: General Election letter to electors


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The Bucks Free Press has reported on a campaign to return an A&E unit to Wycombe Hospital. I took the decision at the General Election to tell the truth as I understand it: Wycombe will not, and should not, see the return of an old-style A&E which would take medical care backwards. I came into politics to do what I could to set our political system right. It’s why I voted for full MP recall, why I am campaigning to take back […]

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CQC inspection of End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital


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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently released its report on End of Life Care at Wycombe Hospital. There has been improvement since the last inspection in two of the five areas identified. Overall, the CQC rated Wycombe’s End of Life Care as Requires Improvement which is the same rating it gave it in March 2014. Thankfully, the hospital is rated Good for caring, which I see reflected in the report. The reasons given for an overall Requires Improvement for end of life care […]

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The NHS in this Parliament


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Last year, the NHS saw and treated more people within the four hour A&E target than any other country. The NHS was heralded as the best healthcare system in the world according to experts at the Commonwealth Fund, ahead of France, Germany, the United States and Australia. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has echoed the Prime Minister in setting out a clear direction for the NHS in this Parliament, to deliver a truly 7-day health service. With complete consultant […]

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A Parliamentary question on the NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Ben Gummer, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Wycombe hospital could benefit from one of the excellent models in the “Five Year Forward View”. Will my hon. Friend make sure these excellent proposals are carried through with energy and alacrity? Ben Gummer: The strength of the NHS forward view is that it is a creation of the NHS itself, and we, as the only […]

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Problems with Transport to Hospital – Healthwatch Bucks Transport Report


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Healthwatch Bucks recently published a report which identifies that local people are still finding it difficult to access hospital services. The report attributes these difficulties to both gaps in transport services and a lack of awareness of transport options. For many residents in Bucks, the stress, anxiety and cost associated with getting to their appointments has become a major issue. This is a problem I have highlighted previously, when I caught the Arriva bus to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2012 […]

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Parliamentary Question on the Keogh Review


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Recently, I tabled a parliamentary question to ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the NHS on implementation of the Keogh Review of urgent and emergency care; and if he will make a statement. Jane Ellison MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, responded as follows: On 3 June 2015, NHS England invited expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships across England to become vanguard sites for new […]

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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Launch Event


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Further to my previous posts, yesterday saw the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine fact sheet with an event hosted in the Palace of Westminster by myself and the RCEM. At the launch event, MPs, local stakeholders and RCEM clinicians were able to discuss their various involvement in and experiences of emergency medicine, and how to improve these services. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, began by thanking the frontline clinicians as well as the wider […]

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The launch of the RCEM Emergency Care fact sheet


Today, I hosted the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s ‘Accident & Emergency: Essential Facts’. As the Secretary of State said during his speech at the event, the fact sheet produced by RCEM focuses the mind on the challenges facing emergency care today. The year 2014 saw 14.6 million patient attendances to A&E, equating to 30 patients per minute. The RCEM have produced a video summarising the key facts and data around A&Es and Emergency Medicine in the UK: […]

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