It's 19 days since five A&E consultants resigned from Worcestershire Acute Trust and we are still no closer to understanding why. How an earth will Redditch and the wider Trust be able to attract locum or permanent consultants until the reasons are investigated and any problems resolved.
We now learn that the Trust will not comment on a letter written by the consultants, explaining their reason for leaving and requesting for it to be published. If they will not confirm the existence of the consultant's letter, NHS England, who oversee them should insist upon it.
This is the third time since the news broke, that I have repeated my calls for an independent investigation into why the consultants are leaving.
In addition I will be making an official complaint against the so called ‘independent’ investigation into claims of bullying, which will not reassure staff or the public of its independence when the Trust have jointly commissioned it and are currently scoping the remit of the investigation.
There are numerous examples of where the Trust is lacking transparency and it is damaging our hospital, the management must be open to independent scrutiny.
The new structures the government have put in place have had three years to sort out the problems we face and have been unable to do so. When campaigners talked to the government last week, Jeremy Hunt was unwilling to take action, this is the third time campaigners have requested government intervention. This is unacceptable. We face losing A&E at the Alex unless decisive action takes place in the coming weeks and so far no one is taking responsibility. I’m calling for more to be done to ensure services remain at the Alex".