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Parliamentary Question: Bucks health funding

This Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ask a question in the House about the disparity in hospital funding for Buckinghamshire. You can read my question and the Health Secretary’s reply below: Steve Baker: Along with county colleagues, I wrote to the Secretary of State on this subject, because Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is relatively underfunded compared with the rest of the country and it is in special measures following the Keogh review. Further to the answer that he gave […]

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Hospital update from Health Secretary

I recently received a letter from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, which set out what he and his Department plan do to in order to drive up standards and patient care after the Keogh Review. Mr Hunt said that: Today I am reaffirming our commitment to total transparency, accountability and transformation in these hospitals. We will leave no stone unturned in our mission to turn them around. He set out new measures that underline this radical change from how failing […]

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New Chief Inspector of Hospitals will inspect Trusts in special measures

The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals will provide the public with assurance that services are safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. As Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, told the House on Tuesday: All [hospital trusts] will be inspected again within the next 12 months by the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, who starts work today. Last month, Mr. Hunt praised Sir Mike on his recent selection: No one is more committed to […]

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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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Paul Goodman on the LibDems’ abstention today

I was under the misapprehension that, since this is a Coalition Government, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats take the same whip. This misunderstanding was buttressed by the Number 10 website, which lists Alistair Carmichael as a Deputy Chief Whip (and number three in the Whips’ Office). via Are Liberal Democrat MPs now free to abstain if Ed Miliband tables a no-confidence vote in the Government?, by the superb Paul Goodman and well worth a read. As this inward-looking drama for political […]

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