Letter puts pressure on Health Sec

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 22 August 2014 Updated: 22/08 11:32

COUNCIL bosses have demanded the Health Secretary order a repeat of the review into services at the Alex.

A letter signed by Margaret Sherrey in Bromsgrove, Bill Hartnett from Redditch and Chris Saint from Stratford, calls on Jeremy Hunt to allow University Hospitals Birmingham to bid for the site.

Currently the only option on the table which will be taken to review is for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to continue providing services in Redditch, as well as at the Worcester Royal.

Coun Sherrey said: “I would like to get the best healthcare for local residents and to do that we need to look at all the options.”

In the letter, the leaders have expressed concern about the extra £1million which the option - identified by the clinical review panel - is set to cost Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group and where this money will come from.

“Presumably this will come from the overall CCG budget which will mean there is less money available for important preventative issues which will ultimately help save costs in acute services in the future?

“It therefore begs the question as to whether UHB could have provided the same services, or indeed better services, for the same money without putting the rest of the Worcestershire health economy at risk?

“When the Joint Services Review started it was supposed to offer a long-term solution for healthcare in Worcestershire - the current proposal will only last for three years at best and see a further reduction of services on offer to the people we serve. We therefore urge you without further delay to order a repeat of the clinical review allowing UHB to bid.”

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