I am very sorry to learn that all four A&E consultants have quit the Alex and I fear for what this means for patients, staff and the future of A&E at the Alex.
Redditch and the surrounding areas need a safe, sustainable A&E and a hospital that serves the needs of local people. Recent events undermine this even further.
The Health and Social Care Bill and resulting reorganisation of the NHS, which this government brought in, has fragmented and damaged the NHS. Redditch and the Alex hospital need a government that will create an NHS that has time to care, instead the Conservative's NHS reorganisation has put Worcestershire hospitals under unnecessary strain and has put pressure on staff at every level. I urge local people to vote for a Labour government that will rebuild the NHS.
This morning I've written to health bosses to ask for three things:
- Other hospital trusts must be considered to provide services as the Alex and Worcestershire Acute Trust is not sustainable in its current form.
- That an immediate investigation take place into the alleged, breakdown between A&E consultants and management and widespread bullying. The investigation needs to be independent, thorough and report its findings promptly.
- For responsibility and accountability to be established so that it is clear who will ensure the Alex remains safe and sustainable.
Rebecca was on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Elliott and Toni Breakfast Show on Monday 16th February giving her views on the situation, the link below will be available for 30 days from that date via the BBC i-player. Follow the link below.