Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has celebrated the news that the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and the Worcestershire Royal, is to receive emergency funding to deal with high risk estates issues and improvements to critical clinical IT systems.
Robin has especially welcomed this further capital investment following the £29million announced in 2017, the effects of which are already being seen by patients in terms of bed capacity and speed of treatment, thanks to the link bridge connecting the main hospital with the Aconbury ward, which was opened by Robin and his Worcestershire colleagues in January.
Last month, Robin welcomed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to Worcester for a tour of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. During the visit, Matt Hancock MP met with patients and staff, as well as the new Chief Executive of the Trust Matthew Hopkins, and was able to witness first-hand the problems facing the Trust and the excellent work being undertaken by staff to try to turn it around.
Almost four weeks later, the Secretary of State has today announced this funding as a part of the Government’s Long-Term Plan for the future of the National Health Service, which is supported by the Government’s new cash funding pledge of £33.9billion by 2023-2024.
Improving the experience of patients, and the quality of care they receive at the Royal has been a key priority for Robin ever since his election in 2010. Robin has campaigned for head and neck cancer services to be kept within the County, a fantastic new breast cancer unit, an award-winning midwife led birth centre, a world class oncology unit as well as the expansion of bed capacity throughout the Trust.
When comparing figures from 2010, the Trust has made some notable increases in capacity: diagnostic tests are up by 20%, and operations are up by nearly 50%. Additionally, thanks to a range of Government actions, Worcestershire will have access to an extra £34.0 million for adult social care in 2018-19, including £2.4 million allocated from the £240 million Winter Funding.
Robin has repeatedly stated that the safety, health and experience of patients is of the utmost importance and remains at the heart of Trust improvements. This funding will enhance the experience of patients and increase the abilities of staff at Worcestershire hospitals to treat patients quickly, safely and effectively.
Speaking after the announcement of this new funding, Robin said:
“I was delighted to hear the Secretary of State’s announcement today, which not only reflects the need for more Government funding in Worcestershire’s health services, but by awarding this funding the Department for Health clearly recognises the great potential of these hospitals.”
“During my 2017 General Election campaign, one of my key pledges was to secure more funding for our local NHS and the expansion of the Royal. I was pleased when the £26.9million was approved that year and am happy to see more funding coming from the Government to support Worcestershire services, all of which is making a considerable difference across the county’s Acute hospitals.”
“I continue to be persistent in pushing for more investment in Worcester, so that my constituents can access timely, first-class care unhindered by long waiting times and financial pressures. I want the excellent staff at our hospitals to have access to the facilities and technology they require to look after the people of Worcester as best as they can, and I thank the Secretary of State for providing this funding in acknowledgement of the hard-work he witnessed during his visit in March.”
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To read Robin’s previous statements on Worcestershire Royal Hospital and local health services, please see: