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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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A Guided Tour of the New NHS


This week saw the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Health Group’s latest publication: A Guided Tour of the New NHS. From the preface: The Health and Social Care Act introduced a localised clinician-led commissioning structure, a greater role for local authorities in public health and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and the creation of various new national bodies. Yet there remain serious challenges which the system and its new leaders must grapple with: a tight financial environment; pressure from growing demand; a […]

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A Call to Action by the NHS: 21 Nov at 6.30pm at Hamilton School


Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm at Hamilton School, Hampden Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SX The NHS is built on the concept of quality care for patients, free at the point of use, paid for through taxation. Medical advances and increased patient numbers now mean these principles are under increasing pressure. Although the Government has increased NHS funding by 1% a year patients, quite rightly, also have rising expectations. This is why NHS England is […]

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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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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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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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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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MPs meet Prof Sir Bruce Keogh to discuss his hospital mortality investigation


Earlier today, I chaired a meeting between Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of NHS England, and those MPs for areas served by hospitals subject to his review.  Bucks NHS Trust, which provides services at Wycombe hospital, is to be investigated. We had a constructive discussion of both the review and the situation in each area. It’s clear that the inclusion of at least one hospital for statistical reasons surprised local people. We learned that those statistics are complex […]

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NHS staff pay – updated


A further Parliamentary question on pay in the NHS locally. Compared to my previous question, 28 people earning over £50k are missing – I should have included “other” in the question. I’ll return to this subject later: Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Buckinghamshire were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii) £100,000 in the last year for which figures are available. […]

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