Worcester’s Conservative Parliamentary candidate, who has been campaigning for a significant upgrade to capacity at local hospitals has welcomed a statement today from health minister Phillip Dunn that he recognises the need to improve facilities at both local hospitals and that a multi million pound investment is on its way.
Robin joined former Redditch MP Karen Lumley in pressing the health secretary for this investment in a meeting in January this year and has consistently spoken up for investment in both of Worcestershire’s main acute hospitals. He met the new management of the Worcestershire Acute Trust earlier this year to assure them of his full support for funding following the completion of the Future of Acute Hospital Services Review due this summer and in the last few weeks he has joined Redditch candidate Rachael Maclean in pushing for investment to be announced as soon as possible.
Robin has warned that Labour’s manifesto commitment to reopen hospital reviews and local clinically led plans would mean delaying or possibly even putting at risk vital investments in our NHS and although he acknowledges these might prove popular in places where hospitals face downgrades the plans in Worcestershire involve upgrading hospitals and increasing spending for mental health.
The Conservative manifesto commits to increasing funding for the NHS by £8 billion over and above inflation and commits the party to a programme of major capital investments in the NHS. Robin hopes that Worcester and Redditch could be at the forefront of this programme.
Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health today said:
“The staff in both Redditch and Worcester are working incredibly hard and doing an amazing job, but it’s clear the facilities on both sites need improving. Robin Walker and Rachel Maclean have both made a strong case to me about the critical need for certainty, support and investment for the hospitals. Plans for a substantial multi-million pound investment here, benefiting both sites, are well advanced and I am pleased to say that if a Conservative Government, under Theresa May, is re-elected on June 8th then this project will be a priority. Our recent manifesto committed to deliver the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen, and the hospitals here in Worcester and Redditch are a priority for that new funding.”
Commenting, Robin said
“I am glad that Ministers have listened to the consistent pressure from both Worcester and Redditch for more investment in our hospitals. This is a number one priority for my campaign and it is good to hear that millions of pounds of investment are on their way. Labour’s nonsensical plan to restart all the work done by local clinicians in consultation with communities across Worcestershire would undermine years of work to make the case for much needed investment. I am proud that in my first term in Parliament we secured a multi million pound oncology centre for Worcester, a new midwife led birth centre which recently won national awards and the wonderful new breast unit. I am proud that conservatives in government have provided more money each year for our hospitals but I have been clear for years that we need an expansion of our A&E and capacity at our hospital. If re-elected I will continue to press for vital investments in our NHS and it is clear that Conservatives have a plan to deliver them. From time to time I have been accused of fighting for Worcester services at the expense of other parts of the county and today’s announcement shows that nothing could be further from the truth, I am delighted to be working alongside an excellent candidate in Rachael Maclean to secure investment for hospitals across our County.”