‘No-one will be fooled’ by MP’S hos­pi­tal claim

Coun­cil­lor re­buke as Prime Min­is­ter is asked ques­tion

Leek Post & Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Les Jack­son les­lie.jack­[email protected]­plc.com

A COUNTY and district coun­cil­lor has crit­i­cised her lo­cal MP for claim­ing a cam­paign to save Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal as her own.

The fu­ture of the hos­pi­tal was raised in Par­lia­ment at last week’s Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions, as Karen Bradley asked Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son to join her cam­paign to keep the fa­cil­ity open with en­hanced ser­vices.

Mrs Bradley said: “I was pleased to be able to ask the Prime Min­is­ter, the Rt Hon. Boris John­son MP at Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tion time to join my cam­paign to keep Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal open in Leek with en­hanced ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of all peo­ple in Leek and Stafford­shire Moor­lands.”

How­ever, county and district coun­cil­lor for Leek, Char­lotte Atkins, who has been a cam­paigner for the beds and ser­vices to re­main at Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal, said the Stafford­shire Moor­lands MP was “try­ing to talk up her in­volve­ment” with the cam­paign.

She said: “Karen Bradley spoke about her cam­paign for the hos­pi­tal but it has never been her cam­paign and her in­volve­ment with Save Leek Hos­pi­tal has been min­i­mal.

“But with an elec­tion loom­ing she is try­ing to talk up her in­volve­ment. No one will be fooled by that.

“The Save Leek Hos­pi­tal cam­paign has se­cured the hos­pi­tal as a site for fu­ture health ser­vices, a so-called In­te­grated Care Hub. But we in the cam­paign want far more than that. We must re­store our hos­pi­tal beds be­cause they are vi­tal for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of our el­derly pop­u­la­tion.”

Coun­cil­lor Atkins, pic­tured be­low, also said the beds must be re­stored.

“Mrs Bradley and her col­leagues al­ways fail to men­tion the beds be­cause they want to claim the In­te­grated Care Hub as a vic­tory when with­out the re­turn of the beds it would not be,” she said.

“Leek Moor­lands Hos­pi­tal is the North Stafford­shire com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal fur­thest from an acute hos­pi­tal. So com­mu­nity beds should be lo­cated there.”

The con­sul­ta­tion is now closed and a re­port has been pub­lished. Gov­ern­ing Body mem­bers will re­ceive and con­sider the feed­back and de­ter­mine which op­tions to put for­ward to in­form the De­ci­sion Mak­ing Busi­ness Case (DMBC)

Should the Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies agree to move for­ward, the Clinical Com­mis­sion­ing Groups will be­gin a process to de­velop the DMBC with NHS and lo­cal au­thor­ity com­mis­sion­ing part­ners.

There are many as­sur­ance pro­cesses to go through, as well and the CCGS aim is to com­plete this by the end of Novem­ber 2019.

The aim is to take the

DMBC to an Ex­tra Or­di­nary Gov­ern­ing Body in pub­lic in De­cem­ber 2019 and at this point, the Gov­ern­ing Bod­ies will con­sider op­tions and de­cide.

Karen Bradley asks her ques­tion.

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