Rebecca Blake, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate has said she wants no more reassuring words without serious action to safeguard services at the Alex. It’s time for the government to take responsibility.
Rebecca said “Today, I am calling for Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health to take responsibility for his government’s actions. Local people will want to know that a safe, sustainable A&E will continue at the Alex. This has been under threat for the last three years. That uncertainty has allegedly resulted in all four A&E consultants resigning at the Alex and we now face possible closure of A&E. At the meeting today Jeremy Hunt MP, must not simply offer reassuring words without serious action”.
Rebecca has recently written to health bosses urging them to work with other NHS providers to ensure services at the Alex remain and called for an independent investigation into the reasons the consultant team have resigned and reports of widespread bullying.
“How many more alarm bells need to ring before the government stops shirking its responsibility?” Rebecca asked. “In 2013 Ministers claimed problems at the Alex was “a matter for the NHS locally” whilst simultaneously axing the Strategic Health Authority that would have sorted it out.
“I can only hope that the fear of the general election may prompt the government to act in the best interests of local people, after having avoided its responsibility these past years”.