Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has welcomed news that Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is set to benefit from a £920,000 boost from the Department of Health to ease pressure on emergency departments in time for next winter.
The funding is part of the Government’s £100 million primary care initiative to support GP provision and A&E departments and is being allocated to 70 hospitals around the country. The investment will help the trust meet the 95% standard of admitting, transferring, or discharging patients within 4 hours by ensuring patients are treated in the most appropriate setting, and comes weeks after the Government pledged £5 million to develop targeted systems to support mental health patients across the county.
The Worcester MP has consistently pressed for more investment in capacity across the County’s hospitals, and met with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in January this year to address waiting times at the Accident & Emergency Department, the need for new management and capacity issues at the County’s hospitals. Since then he has met with the new Chief Executive of the Acute Trust with other local MPs to address her plans for improving services.
Speaking on Friday’s announcement, Robin said;
“I am delighted at the Government’s commitment to reducing waiting times in Worcestershire with this investment following our meeting earlier this year.
I met with the new management team at the Alexandra hospital a few weeks ago and I am pleased that in addition to this funding we have a new leader with clinical experience coming into our trust. Clearly the long waiting times over the Christmas period were a massive issue and I am pleased to see action that will support our hard-working medical staff across the county. I will keep pressing making the case for substantial investment in capacity in our A&E.”
To view the full Government announcement on A&E funding please visit:
For Robin’s press release following his meeting with the Secretary of State in January please visit:
For Robin’s Parliamentary Questions backing the appointment of new management and the expansion of the WRH see:
For Robin’s previous campaigns on the WRH see: