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Calling for a white paper on emergency and out-of-hours health care

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Yesterday in the Commons, I asked the Health Secretary the bring forward a white paper on A&E and out-of-hours care: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): The A and E crisis in Wycombe results from the closure of the department under the previous Government. Although I would love to lay the blame squarely on Labour, is not the truth that, over the life of the NHS, clinical practice and management have changed substantially? Will my right hon. Friend consider producing a White […]

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Death rates for emergency patients admitted to Wexham Park from Wycombe

When the Daily Mail published Shocking proof A&E closures cost lives: Death rate jumps more than a THIRD after department closes, I asked for the exact Freedom of Information request they had submitted so I could obtain comparable figures for Wycombe from Wexham Park and Stoke Mandeville. We sent the requests on 4 June. The Act requires a response within 20 working days. I received figures from Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HWPH) on 13 June (ZIP). I […]

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Public meetings on Bucks hospitals with Sir Bruce Keogh

Next week, on 10 June, as part of NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh’s nationwide inquiry into mortality rates, a review team led by Regional and Medical Directors of NHS England will arrive to investigate Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The purpose of the visit is to examine why the Trust has high mortality rates and establish what can be done to improve the standard of care for patients. It is expected to last 2-3 days. Meetings to canvas opinion from […]

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Acute & Emergency Services debate in the Commons

Last Friday afternoon, I was able to listen to my colleague’s debate on Acute and Emergency Services. Dr Philip Lee MP explained to the House his ideas for a consolidated super hospital on the M4 at junction 8/9. During the debate I made this point: He has set a number of hares running in my constituency. Will he concede that a number of NHS professionals, managerial and clinical, differ with him and think that a network of hospitals is an […]

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Better Healthcare in Bucks consultation: The local NHS response

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The NHS in Buckinghamshire has given its response to the Better Healthcare in Bucks public consultation. The headline breakthrough is that the Board reviewed public feedback and decided that the new minor injuries and illness service in Wycombe must be available 24/7 to meet the needs of patients out of hours. New services have also been agreed: Day assessment unit for older/frail people at Wycombe Hospital to allow them to be diagnosed and treated without overnight admission to hospital; Step-down ward for […]

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