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Results of report on hospital trust are ‘unacceptable’ says MP

JC 171115 health questionsThe CQC has today published its report into inpatient satisfaction at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, whose constituency is home to the hospital, said: “The results of the CQC survey of inpatients are not acceptable but are not a surprise given all the information I and others have had over the last year.

“Staff morale is rock bottom and there have been serious staff shortages. Patients have suffered from long waiting times and inadequate care.

“Staff numbers and the morale and well-being of staff is inextricably linked to patient experience and clinical outcomes. If you get the former right, the latter will follow.

“The new chief executive of the Trust, Martin Barkley, has plans in place which have workforce engagement and staff morale as a crucial ingredient.

“Alongside this, an Urgent Care Improvement Plan (UCIP) is in place to to fix the very severe operational pressures at the Trust.

“Without doubt, the reliance on extra beds to manage the pressures caused by the very high number of hospital admissions, and the difficulty in discharging people in a timely manner, is one of the root causes of low staff morale and the Trust’s inability to retain important front-line staff. The UCIP is a 41 point plan to fix that.

“It must get fixed and making sure it get fixed is my number one priority.

“I am confident that these are the correct plans and the right course for fixing the very serious issues within the Trust. These problems will not be resolved quickly but they must be resolved.

“In the last few months I have successfully pushed for both the Trust and the government to set clear metrics upon which I can track the success of these plans. From now onwards I will be following up on a month by month basis and I will be pushing hard for evidence of improvement.

“But this is not only a matter of having the right plan with the right oversight. The government needs to make sure the resources to implement these plans are available. I will continue to push them on this.”

Home from Hospital service relaunched at DDH

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has formally relaunched the Home from Hospital service at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Jo Cox and health and social care professionals relaunch RVS's Home from HospitalThe service for older people leaving hospital is run by the Royal Voluntary Service but Mrs Cox discovered that take up of the service was not as widespread here as in neighbouring areas.

Mrs Cox, working with RVS to promote the local servicebrought together a series of health and social care professionals and organisations, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage more referrals.

Mrs Cox said: “RVS’s Home from Hospital is an important service that helps older people when they are discharged from hospital. We heard some powerful stories about the difference this service can make to people leaving hospital.

“It is my hope that this relaunch will provide the boost it needs in north Kirklees and that together we can improve the reach and impact it has for people who need it.”

She said the relaunch had been prompted by the number of people who have been in touch with her raising issues about discharge from hospital and a gap in services.

“These gaps arise from cuts to council and NHS budgets, changes to hospital services and the complexities around commissioning. Home from Hospital has the potential to fill that gap,” said Mrs Cox.

“There does seems to be a lack of knowledge about what is available around discharge planning among some of the organisations I have met in recent months. We hope everyone who was involved in this relaunch will refer patients into the service and tell others too.

“GPs, discharge teams, Locala, community matrons, local community groups and many more have a collective role to play so that we can all work together to ensure that older people in our community are not left without support once they go home from hospital,

“This will help to resolve a lot issues and re-admissions problems.”

As well as hoping professionals will make more use of the service, referrals are also welcome from patients’ friends and family also. RVS can be contacted directly on 01924 446100.

Among the organisations at the relaunch were: Locala, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service; Community Partnerships; Action for Hearing Loss; Alzheimer’s Society; North Kirklees CCG as well as local GPs, physiotherapists and the community matron.

The event was held in the Oakwell Centre at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

MPs speak out in Parliament on Dewsbury & District Hospital

Jo Cox quizzes the health minister on plans to downgrade Dewsbury hospitalLabour MPs Jo Cox and Paula Sherriff spoke out in Parliament last night in defence of Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Mrs Cox, whose Batley & Spen constituency is home to the hospital, spoke during a debate secured by Ms Sherriff, the Dewsbury MP, about staffing in the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Paying tribute to the staff at the hospital, Mrs Cox said: “I congratulate my honourable friend and neighbour on securing this critical debate on our local hospital.

“I back her in what she says and recognise that doctors and nurses and other staff at the hospital have been working in crisis mode for 15 months now. It is difficult to overstate how hard it must be for staff to go to work every day, knowing that they will miss key targets and not be able to give the care and attention that they so want to give.”

Mrs Cox went on to underline that no matter how often the government tries to pass the buck to Mid Yorkshire, ministers had to take some responsibility for the problems in the Trust.

“They have cut public health funding, and there is a social care crisis locally and problems with the junior doctors contract. The Government must take responsibility for this crisis and not pass the buck to an embattled NHS trust,” said Mrs Cox.

During the debate, which Health minister Ben Gummer MP responded to, Mrs Cox asked the Government directly if now was the time to proceed with the planned downgrade.

“As the Minister will be aware, Mid Yorkshire has the third highest number of admittances to A&E in the country,” she said.

“In that context, I share the concern of my honourable friend the Member for Dewsbury about the planned reorganisation and downgrade of the Dewsbury hospital.

“It is a serious matter for local residents and some of my constituents. It would be wonderful to have a commitment further to discuss whether now is the time to move forward with that plan.”

You can watch the full debate here or you can read the Official Report here

Labour MPs secure public meeting over hospital concerns

Paula Sherriff MP and Jo Cox MPLabour MPs Jo Cox and Paula Sherriff have secured a public meeting with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust to address local concerns about changes at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Stepping up their campaign to protect the hospital from the effects of a planned downgrade of services, the MPs are working together to raise key concerns about changes to A&E and maternity departments.

After meeting with the interim chief executive of the Trust last week the MPs have also written to the Health Secretary to raise further concerns about ongoing issues, particularly in relation to acute care.

Following a number of alarming complaints from constituents, Ms Sherriff has secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Monday evening to raise concerns about staffing levels at the hospital.

Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley & Spen, said: “We continue to have serious concerns about the way the trust is running our hospital. We are determined to use every avenue available to us here and in Parliament to continue the fight for DDH and make sure those concerns, and the concerns of local people, are addressed.”

Ms Sherriff, the MP for Dewsbury, said: “Our concerns stem from the information that we, as MPs, receive from patients with complaints, anecdotal information, internal whistle blowers and formal accounts. These suggest to us that there are some serious problems both within and affecting the Trust. It is imperative we get to the bottom of them.”

A review is under way looking at the timeline of the reconfiguration. This will be complete before the end of April and will look at whether or not the reconfiguration would help the current issues, or whether it would make them worse.

The MPs are in discussions with the Trust about when and where the public meeting will be held.

Mrs Cox added: “Although the changes being made at Dewsbury, and to the Trust as a whole, are very well advanced at this stage we both remain very concerned about the lack of information the public have about them.”

Ms Sherriff added: “Our constituents remain extremely worried about the proposed loss of services at our hospital. We will continue to hold the Trust to account and fight for the best deal for local people.”

Kirklees MPs unite over threats to local A&E departments

Jo Cox speaking in the HRI debateJo Cox yesterday joined Kirklees’s other three MPs to debate the proposals to close the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and the consequences this will have across Kirklees.

In particular she raised the implications for her constituents in Batley & Spen.

The debate in Parliament, which you can watch here, was secured by Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney and included contributions from Dewsbury’s Paula Sherriff and Huddersfield’s Barry Sheerman.

Mrs Cox said: “The proposed reorganisation, which would leave Huddersfield without an A&E, is being done under the rationale that there will be no change of provision in the other half of Kirklees district.

“However, the diminution of services at Dewsbury & District hospital, which sits within my constituency, is a significant change—not least for the A&E, which is a key service for local constituents in neighbouring Dewsbury and elsewhere.”

She said this was an ’embarrassing oversight’ with the potential to leave the eleventh largest district in England without a fully functioning A&E and that this was not in the public interest.

Mrs Cox went on to add: “It seems as though there is a lack of regional oversight about the implications of both this public consultation and what is happening at Dewsbury & District hospital.

“We have raised that issue directly with the Minister, and I raised it with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust last Friday to ask who holds responsibility for the pan-Kirklees, pan-Yorkshire, strategy, to make sure that none of our constituents loses out from these individual public consultations and reconfigurations. It would be very helpful if the Minister focused on that oversight.”

The Batley & Spen MP also raised the lack of a coherent, integrated transport assessment of all the reconfigurations across Kirklees.

“Many of our constituents are on low incomes and rely on public transport. With congested roads, moving people around is not easy. I am not reassured that either trust has looked fully at the transport implications of these reorganisations and what they will mean for our constituents.”