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Pendle MP calls for A&E title to return to Burnley Hospital
8:19am Saturday 18th August 2012 in Politics news
PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson has weighed into the fight to return the Accident and Emergency title to Burnley’s Urgent Care Centre.
Health campaigners have been calling for the government to look into the case, after a review revealed that the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) was performing many duties that are associated with an A&E department.
Burnley General’s A&E department was closed in November 2007, with services moved to Blackburn, and a UCC was set up in its place to deal with less serious cases.
The Government has admitted that the situation is 'confusing' for patients, and for the past two years, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has been looking into the matter as part of a national nomenclature review.
Now Mr Stephenson has written to the Department of Health, stating his desire for the situation to be resolved quickly.
The Rt Hon Simon Burns MP, Minister of State for Health, replied: “We realise that the current nomenclature and urgent and emergency care system is confusing and that some patients struggle to understand which services are provided at which facilities and where they should go to access the service they require.
“As your constituent may know, one of the recommendations made in the report into the functioning of the urgent care centre at the Burnley General Hospital was that emergency care provision at Burnley should be named in line with the national work, which involves standardising the terms of emergency care.
“It is of course important that this review is completed quickly, but it is also vital that appropriate levels of scrutiny and planning are in place to maximise the benefits for patients.”
Mr Stephenson said: “It is clear that ministers are still working on this issue and share my determination to come to a conclusion soon, but they are also keen to ensure that this is done right.
“I will keep up pressure on ministers, however a rushed conclusion could cause even more confusion than currently exists.”