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Having been contacted by dissatisfied constituents about their treatment by Virgin Care,

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised a question of the Health Secretary during Parliamentary Questions on issues surrounding Virgin Care and its current service and delivery within West Lancashire.

One resident whose leg wound opened after getting stitches removed, was told to go and buy her own dressings from the chemist.

MP Rosie asked Jeremy Hunt MP:

“What advice would the Secretary of State give to my constituents who receive their urgent care from Virgin Care, and are told that wounds should be dressed only once and that, in the event that they need to re-attend, they should purchase further dressings from the local chemist? Free at the point of delivery?”

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt responded:

“I suggest that the hon. Lady gets in touch with the details. What I would say is that when care is not satisfactory, whether it is delivered by the public sector or the independent sector, we have an independent inspection regime to root out the problems.”

Rosie Cooper MP commented on the issue:

“When this £65 million contract was awarded last year to Virgin Care, it was done so behind closed doors and kept health care professionals and residents in the dark. The response I gave then to my constituents was, if these services fail you, let me know. That is exactly what they have done.

“Other constituents have complained that services are being moved, others mentioned having been told that the blood test HbA1c is now only being done once a year for each patient.

“Patients have been concerned about diabetic and other services being moved and their access to those services. What is the consultation process?

“The Ormskirk Urgent Care Centre hours were reduced from 8am to 10pm before Christmas saying there were staffing difficulties with everyone expecting them to revert to the original hours when staffing was sorted. Instead of that, since the contract was awarded to Virgin, its opening hours have reduced further to 8pm.

“The Urgent Care centre was opened to allow access to a GP when surgeries were closed and to ease the burden on A&E.  These opening hours do not meet that need and it now transpires that Virgin do not always have a GP on site!

“West Lancashire CCG and Virgin Care promised us that patients would receive quality treatment and care but the reality has been starkly different. This isn’t what the CCG promised, it is cut price medicine which doesn’t fit the bill. It is yet another clear example of their actions not matching their words.

“This treatment is exactly what I, local GPs and health service patients were worried about. Virgin Care have sent a very strong message to my constituents – we offer a basic cheap service and after that you’re on your own.

“There needs to be comprehensive scrutiny of decisions taken by West Lancashire CCG and they publicly need to be held to account about the management of Virgin Care and the clinical outcomes.”

Rosie Cooper MP questions Health Secretary on Virgin Care service and delivery

Having been contacted by dissatisfied constituents about their treatment by Virgin Care, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised a question of the Health Secretary during Parliamentary Questions on issues surrounding...

After the Appeal Court ruling which went in favour of the Minister of State and Whitemoss Landfill, local residents are taking the case to the Supreme Court and are facing a £16,800 legal bill.

Local campaigners want to take the case to the Supreme Court as they believe this judgement will have national implications for future infrastructure projects.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has reiterated her support for those campaigning against another 20 years of hazardous waste being dumped here in West Lancashire.

MP Rosie commented:

“I share the concerns of my constituents about the dumping of hazardous waste on the Whitemoss site and have always supported the campaign against this and do not intend to stop now.

“The decision has been called ‘clear and unequivocal’ – I totally disagree. Large sections of the Appeal Court judgement appear to be in residents’ favour; it was ambiguous in parts, at best!

“The stakes are simply too high for future generations of Skelmersdale residents and the decision should be based on what is right, not just money talking. I have no doubt the final decision will set a national precedent and it is now my belief that this should be settled in the Supreme Court once and for all.

“The local community have already given so much of their time and money, but if legal aid isn’t granted the residents will need to raise £16,800, and nearly £11,000 even if it is!

“Residents have my full support in their continuing legal challenge to the unnecessary dumping of more hazardous waste in West Lancashire.”

Rosie Cooper MP pledges her support for further legal action by Whitemoss campaigners

After the Appeal Court ruling which went in favour of the Minister of State and Whitemoss Landfill, local residents are taking the case to the Supreme Court and are facing...

Last week the Conservatives and the Chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust announced the hospital’s future is safe.

Southport’s Conservative MP stated:

“I want to make it perfectly clear: Southport and Formby District Hospital will remain open; the urgent response centre will remain open; and residents will continue to receive first-class health care.”

Meanwhile, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) bosses announced last week, at the end of Parliament, when there was no time for scrutiny or Parliamentary Questions that they were going to look at the sustainability of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital – both of these statements cannot be true. The STP announcement casts a long shadow over the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing about Southport and Ormskirk Hospital. It’s a disgrace that the STP should announce a review into the hospital at the end of the Parliamentary term when ministers can’t be questioned about it. The STP and the Government need to be clear – will the hospital in its present form remain open – yes or no?

“I have demanded a meeting with the STP leaders with the Chair and Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital present to try and discover the truth of their plans.

“Southport A&E is already threatened by the STP, this move threatens the hospital and the people of West Lancashire will not put up with services being reduced any more. Already services such as the urgent care and out of hours services have been privatised and my constituents have found them less than satisfactory.

“The urgent care centre used to be open 8am – 10pm, slowly but surely that has been reduced and now closes at 8pm which reduces its value to my constituents. I’m already worried that the urgent care centre does not always have a GP on duty. I call on NHS bosses to explain why we are seeing West Lancashire’s NHS services threatened and eroded by the day.”  

MP Rosie tells NHS bosses to get their story straight

Last week the Conservatives and the Chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust announced the hospital’s future is safe. Southport’s Conservative MP stated: “I want to make it perfectly clear:...

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