Boost for hospitals in East Lancashire

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HEALTH campaigners in East Lancashire have been given a boost after the new boss of NHS England said ‘local services’ should be expanded.

Chief executive Simon Stevens, who began the role last month, said the health service must end ‘mass centralisation’ and treat more people in their own communities instead.

This differs from the view of his predessesor, Sir David Nicholson, who recently called for a radical reorganisation of the NHS with services centralised on a smaller number of hospital sites.

Mr Stevens’ comments have sparked interest in East Lancashire, where patients and campaigners are determined to keep services at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals, as well as at smaller community facilities in Accrington, Pendle and Clitheroe.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, a Conservative, said: “This is long overdue recognition of the vital role of small community hospitals. Certain things, such as specialist stroke and trauma care, do need to be centralised, so that surgeons are dealing with a significant volume of cases to maintain their skills, but it’s really important to have good local services to treat the majority of patients.”

However, Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, Labour, suspected Mr Stevens’ comments were ‘politically motivated’.

He added: “People want to hear that local hospitals are staying open, but it should be about how people can receive the best medical care possible - that’s the only thing that matters.

“We will still need big specialist hospitals, with smaller facilities like Accrington Victoria providing more routine care.”

Mr Stevens said: "A number of other countries have found it possible to run viable local hospitals serving smaller communities than sometimes we think are sustainable in the NHS.

"Most of western Europe has hospitals which are able to serve their local communities, without everything having to be centralised."

He also warned the complex care systems outside of hospitals must change and investment was needed in community services for the elderly to stop spiralling numbers ending up in hospital.

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5:50pm Sat 31 May 14

kateash says...

All talk ... No money.... No action...
All talk ... No money.... No action... kateash
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10:50pm Sat 31 May 14

Pendlesider says...

QUOTE "Chief executive Simon Stevens, who began the role last month, said the health service must end ‘mass centralisation’ and treat more people in their own communities instead. UNQUOTE
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ALL the more reason to reinstate a fully functional A&E and children's ward at Burnley Hospital. Not only would this remove the Blackburn hospital out of special measures but would also alleviate the overcrowding at Blackburn Royal hospital. Something the Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson promised to do before he was elected as MP.
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Instead, all we see is Stephenson falling for the old rhetoric of more cases better outcomes nonsense. It's been proven it doesn't work here in East Lancs and hence why the Care Quality Commission have yet again instigated another review about patient care at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust earlier last month. *inability to deal with the 'volume' of cases referred to by Andrew Stephenson are one of the major reasons the current trust were placed in speacial measures 2 years ago.
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A far cry from when Andrew Stephenson, after being elected as an MP, claimed to have weighed into the fight to return the Accident and Emergency department at Burnley.
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The Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, Labour, should hang his head in shame since it was his party that instigated the closure of dozens of A&E's up and down the country, including Burnley Hospitals Children's ward and A&E, so they could save money to pay for the debts they realised they were incurring due to their mismanaged 'building schools for the future' scheme. *also known by many as 'building debt for the future or 'building schools for the sake of it' scheme.
QUOTE "Chief executive Simon Stevens, who began the role last month, said the health service must end ‘mass centralisation’ and treat more people in their own communities instead. UNQUOTE . ALL the more reason to reinstate a fully functional A&E and children's ward at Burnley Hospital. Not only would this remove the Blackburn hospital out of special measures but would also alleviate the overcrowding at Blackburn Royal hospital. Something the Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson promised to do before he was elected as MP. . Instead, all we see is Stephenson falling for the old rhetoric of more cases better outcomes nonsense. It's been proven it doesn't work here in East Lancs [see Keogh report mortality rates] and hence why the Care Quality Commission have yet again instigated another review about patient care at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust earlier last month. *inability to deal with the 'volume' of cases referred to by Andrew Stephenson are one of the major reasons the current trust were placed in speacial measures 2 years ago. . A far cry from when Andrew Stephenson, after being elected as an MP, claimed to have weighed into the fight to return the Accident and Emergency department at Burnley. . The Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, Labour, should hang his head in shame since it was his party that instigated the closure of dozens of A&E's up and down the country, including Burnley Hospitals Children's ward and A&E, so they could save money to pay for the debts they realised they were incurring due to their mismanaged 'building schools for the future' scheme. *also known by many as 'building debt for the future or 'building schools for the sake of it' scheme. Pendlesider
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