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NHS improvements in Bucks

There was encouraging news from Bucks NHS Trust following recommendations made by the Keogh review earlier this year. A meeting this month found that there had been “real progress” in the Trust’s efforts to improve the quality of care it provides. Representatives from NHS England, Trust Development Authority, Care Quality Commission and local Clinical Commissioning Groups, and staff from Buckinghamshire Healthcare were able to detail a number of initiatives and developments that are now in place to help improve care […]

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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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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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A transport and health Parliamentary question

Further to my trip to Stoke Mandeville Hospital using the bus service from Wycombe, I asked a Parliamentary Question on the centralisation of health services and the impact this has on transport options for patients. The Minister’s reply is reproduced below: Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has received no representations on the effect of greater centralisation of health services on transport links. However, we continue to promote the importance of accessibility planning in any decision making and encourage all public […]

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