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Solidarity with striking junior doctors

NHS - DDHBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox has paid tribute to our junior doctors and urged the Government to urgently resolve the dispute that has led to today’s industrial action.

Junior doctors have been provoked into strike action for the first time in 40 years by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as he attempts to impose new contracts.

Mrs Cox said: “Everyone accepts and recognises and is grateful for the work and long hours that are done by our doctors and all NHS staff.

“The way David Cameron and his Government have treated our junior doctors is not only a disrespectful attack on these committed, hard working and vital public servants but on the whole of our NHS.

“No one makes a decision to take industrial action lightly, least of all anyone who performs this kind of life and death role, which means the provocation must be significant. The Government should be treating junior doctors far better and must urgently get back round the negotiating table and bring this dispute to an end.”

A demonstration, organised by the GMB and Batley & Spen Labour party, took place at Dewsbury & District Hospital this morning in support of junior doctors. DDH is located in Batley & Spen.

MP concerned by Mid Yorkshire chief exec’s move

Jo Cox has reacted to the news that Stephen Eames, the Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, is to take up a new role in Cumbria for three days a week.

The Batley & Spen MP, whose constituency includes Dewsbury & District Hospital, said: “The figures released just last week about the performance of Mid Yorkshire do not tell the story of a Trust which can afford to lose its chief executive for 60 per cent of the week.

“The Trust needs more attention, not less. If clinical staff are working around the clock to sort out the mess the government has pushed them into, then the same should be true of management.

“In our regular meetings this has never been mentioned. I have spoken again to Mr Eames this week and scheduled an urgent meeting with him.”

NHS England revealed earlier this week that Mid Yorkshire has consistently missed its NHS target to ensure that 95 per cent of its A&E patients are seen within four hours. Between Nov 2014 and October 2015 it achieved between 93 per cent and 82.7 per cent.

The trust’s performance hit a low of 82.7 per cent in October this year, which put Mid Yorks as the 8th worst performing in England.


Jo Cox asks Health Secretary to monitor and reverse DDH downgrade if plan fails

JC 171115 health questionsLabour MP Jo Cox has asked the Health Secretary to step in and reverse the downgrade of Dewsbury and District Hospital’s accident and emergency department if the new system does not work.

The hospital is located in Mrs Cox’s Batley & Spen constituency. She said:

“Mid Yorkshire Trust plans to bring forward the downgrade of Dewsbury and District Hospital’s A&E after yet more criticism from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).”

“The response to this criticism, about poor staffing and hygiene levels, is to bring forward plans to downgrade Dewsbury and centralise services at Pinderfields 12 months earlier than planned.

“This is less than a year since we learned that Dewsbury had been carrying the burden when Pinderfields A&E couldn’t cope or was closed to ambulances dealing with 999 calls.

“There is great concern and nervousness about the downgrade at this time and the confidence that this will work is low.

“If this does not work I want the Health Secretary to pledge to step in and order the downgrade of our hospital to be reversed.”

Mrs Cox sought to raise the issue with the Health Secretary in Parliament this afternoon. She has written to him to ask for this pledge and to meet to discuss the Trust’s plans.

Mrs Cox added: “The decision to downgrade our hospital was made when the Conservative Health Secretary approved the Trust’s plan in 2014.

“There must be safeguards in place to make sure local people are not put at risk or receive far less of a service than they need and I hope the Health Secretary will accept that and pledge to monitor this situation closely.”

“Hello, my name is… Jo” – MP backs NHS campaign

Jo Cox meets the Inreach team at Dewsbury and District Hospital

Jo Cox meets the Inreach team at Dewsbury and District Hospital

Patients at Dewsbury and District Hospital have joined MP Jo Cox in saluting a campaign called, “Hello, my name is…”

Created by Pinderfields consultant and cancer patient Dr Kate Granger, the initiative encourages NHS staff to pledge to always introduce themselves to patients, relatives and visitors.

And the campaign has been greeted with support from Dewsbury patients – with 87% telling a survey they felt introducing yourselves to patients properly was either important or very important.

Pioneered by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust “Hello, my name is…” has since been picked-up by 90 NHS organisations across the country and been endorsed by everyone from the Scottish Government to Sir Bob Geldof.

Mrs Cox said: “Some of the best ideas are also the simplest and here we have a great idea and our local NHS leading the way.

“Being in hospital can be a difficult, often traumatic, experience. Improving the way patients and staff relate to each other can make all the difference.”

During her latest visit, Jo met up with pledgers from Dewsbury and District Hospital’s Inreach team. With specialist skills in the care of older people and those with complex needs, the team makes vital assessments of patients’ physical, psychological and social needs helping to prevent delays in their treatment and aid a safe discharge from hospital.

Inreach has unique links with organisations such as Locala Community Partnerships to ensure care continues beyond hospital. Nurse practitioner Karen Russell-Hunt said: “Our work is all about building up good relationships with patients, carers and their relatives – and they certainly get our names and details on how to contact us!”

Questioning patients in departments such as accident and emergency, MRI (radiology), blood tests and X-Ray plus wards including children and elderly care, the survey showed that over half of respondents felt a good introduction from staff was vital. Of those who didn’t, many still felt that manners were important and nearly all paid tribute to the welcome given to them by the hospital’s volunteers.

Learn more about “Hello, my name is” by clicking here.


MP challenges Health minister over hospital parking

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Jo Cox speaking at Health questions

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox challenged the government today to help the NHS offset the cost of parking charges at hospitals.

In an exchange in the House of Commons, Mrs Cox asked the health minister Ben Gummer if it was fair that NHS trusts were penalising people who are ill or in need of medical attention, and their loved ones, who were having to pay more and more to visit hospitals.

This, she said, was due to government cuts to NHS funding. In response, the minister said the Trust should look at cutting money from elsewhere in its budget.

The Mid Yorkshire trust has raised parking charges at Dewsbury and District Hospital and introduced charges for disabled drivers for the first time.

Mrs Cox added: “I am contacted on a regular basis by constituents outraged about this. It is quite clear just how upsetting and inconvenient parking charges are, not just for those who need to attend the hospital for care or appointments but also for family and friends who are visiting loved.

“New figures suggest that there are now 132 hospitals charging people with blue badges to park. This, and increasing existing charges, is absolutely the wrong thing to do.

“It is true that the trust has suffered from mismanagement in the past but this is not at play in this issue. It is down to how much money the trust gets from the government, which patently is not enough.”