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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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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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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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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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