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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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A brighter future for Wycombe Hospital


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Today, I am publishing a report I commissioned from   Durrow: A better future for Wycombe Hospital – a proposal for a long term & successful future. In the years since Wycombe was established as a district general hospital, healthcare demands have increased and changed while medical practice has become more specialised. As a consequence, hospitals like ours right across the country have faced a loss of services as care has centralised to preserve quality. Changes to A&E departments have aroused the most anxiety. People need […]

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Debate on Hospital Car Parking Charges


Yesterday I made an intervention during a debate on Hospital Car Parking Charges. You can view the full debate here. Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): I want to set in context what my hon. Friend has just said about the scale of these charges. I have just checked the cost of parking at Chiltern Railways’ new multi-storey car park in Wycombe, and it is only £7.50 a day. I say “only” because that seems quite good value given that some people are paying […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Shortlisted for Award


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award. The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles. Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October […]

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Congratulations Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


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I am glad this morning to congratulate all the staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: the Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended the Trust is taken out of special measures. From the Care Quality Commission press release: England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has recommended that Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust should be taken out of special measures following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Professor Sir Mike Richards and his inspectors found that sufficient progress had been made to justify the […]

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A&E – a journey to Wexham Park Hospital


About nine years ago, Wycombe Hospital lost A&E. People tell me to get it back and I would love to.  As a democratically-elected representative, I would have already returned A&E to Wycombe if it were as simple as having the intent and making the demand. Unfortunately, Wycombe is one of over 20 hospitals across the country which serve populations large enough to have had an A&E in the past but too small to retain one given changes to medical practice. […]

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New Chief Nurse appointed at Bucks Healthcare


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Via a Bucks Healthcare press release we learn, New Chief Nurse appointed at Bucks Healthcare: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has today announced the appointment of Carolyn Morrice as Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards. She will take up her new post on 1 April 2014, replacing Lynne Swiatczak who leaves the Trust at the end of March. Carolyn joined Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in February 2013, as Assistant Chief Nurse in the surgery and critical care division. Prior […]

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Health question on private provision


I had a supplementary health question yesterday on private and independent provision within the NHS which I think sheds some light on Labour’s actions and attitude: Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) (Lab): What recent meetings he has had with representatives of the private health care sector. The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Jeremy Hunt): In the past three months, I have had two meetings with private sector health care providers, both in China, helping them to win export orders. In the same […]

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Bucks Healthcare announces £5 million investment in frontline nursing staff


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Via Bucks Healthcare: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a £5 million investment to create an additional 150 nursing posts across the Trust. Part of the investment will enable senior staff to spend more time supporting and developing nursing practice. This investment package will fund these additional posts on an ongoing basis, ensuring that the Trust relies less heavily on agency staff and more staff can be recruited on a permanent basis. Already, 70 nurses have been recruited and a […]

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How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? – Buckinghamshire County Council


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Via Buckinghamshire County Council, news of an important inquiry and a story to which we will return: How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? A council select committee working group is set to investigate the state of urgent healthcare in Bucks, and it’s asking the public to come forward with questions for the committee to put to the NHS managers who commission the services. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of […]

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