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WAHT - serious problems continue....

rb_alex_350.pngRebecca said "Last month the CQC reported they had no immediate concerns on the grounds of safety. Today I will be contacting them again because I am not satisfied that patient safety is under control when patients in A&E are left unattended for hours and the Medical Incident Officer has to be called in, who has never been deployed in a West Midlands hospital before.

"Many Redditch patients are treated in Worcester Royal Hospital and this will be a concern to local people.  I want to know what actions have come out of the Risk Summit held last month.  It is imperative that we have a safe, sustainable and accessible A&E yet this is under renewed threat.

Rebecca added "We are four months into the year and so far the local hospital trust have had a department of consultants resign, declared a grade 4 due difficulties in coping with the number of patients, cancelled all operations over Easter to ease pressure on A&E and uncertainty over patient safety.  This latest unprecedented action adds to this catalogue of problems for our local hospitals.  Yet last night at the Redditch parliamentary hustings, Karen Lumley again told people everything at the hospital was good.  I said then and I say again, what is good is the staff but under a Conservative government the NHS is failing. I don't think the Alex can take five more years of the same".

Having suffered the resignation of 5 Accident and Emergency Consultants, the CQC carried out an unannounced inspection last month where they confirmed they had no immediate concerns on the grounds of safety. 

Three weeks later the Medical Incident Officer has been deployed to help with capacity, an unprecedented action, not seen before in the West Midlands and the last time an MIO was deployed was when two people died in a hospital fire.

The MIO has cared for people who were waiting hours to be seen or who had been left in the care of paramedics.

 Read the report on the BBC News website here.

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