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Following the announcement by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust of the outcome of executive disciplinary appeals, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

"I am pleased this lengthy investigation into whistleblowing allegations made against senior executives has been concluded for the good of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, its staff and the patients it serves.

"The priority for the hospital trust now is to find a talented chief executive with a passion for delivering the best quality healthcare for West Lancashire and who is capable of tackling head on the financial and organisational challenges the trust faces.

"I have written to the hospital trust requesting that they now take the opportunity to answer all the outstanding questions on this case.

“For a start, what are the accusations leading to disciplinary action and dismissals? Why was the process so lengthy? And what is the cost of the investigation and disciplinary action?

"As a taxpayer-funded service there are legitimate public interest concerns the trust has to satisfactorily address and I would encourage them to do so in as open and transparent a way as possible."

Rosie Cooper MP calls for full disclosure on hospital trust’s disciplinary action against former senior executives

Following the announcement by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust of the outcome of executive disciplinary appeals, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: "I am pleased this lengthy investigation into...

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Responding to concerns over proposals for the 'downgrading' of accident and emergency services at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“This information on proposals to downgrade local A&E services was published in November 2016. There is no new information from reports over recent days, merely it is a review of all STPs nationally.

“I raised my concerns in a parliamentary debate alongside Southport MP, John Pugh, back in November.

“The fundamental problem with Sustainability and Transformation Plans is from the beginning they were put together in secret. Local residents have been totally excluded from the decision-making processes.

“Still, NHS bosses have failed to adequately explain what they mean by ‘downgrading’. What this means in NHS management speak and what me and local residents understand it to mean can be completely different.

“Publishing this information without any explanation has led to anxiety and distress about the future of local health services. It also adds further pressure and begins to destabilise our local hospitals at a time when they are already under incredible pressure.

“This whole situation highlights the lack of accountability we now have within the NHS. Bosses seem to believe they can do as they please with taxpayer-funded services and don’t have to answer to anyone.

"I am obviously concerned about the future of the hospital and will be expressing my concerns when I meet with the chief executive of NHS Improvement in the coming weeks.

“I will always fight to protect local health services, which I have done in the past and continue to do as the people of West Lancashire should have access to a local hospital and local accident and emergency services."

Rosie Cooper MP statement on Southport and Ormskirk Hospital A&E services

Responding to concerns over proposals for the 'downgrading' of accident and emergency services at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “This information on proposals...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has cautiously welcomed the announcement by NHS Improvement that there will be a temporary pause as they review the transaction process for transferring Liverpool community health services to Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Responding to the announcement, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I believe this pause is the right decision by NHS Improvement, especially in light of Bridgewater Community Healthcare’s Care Quality Commission inspection rating of 'requiring improvement' released yesterday (Monday 6 February 2017).

“Throughout this transaction process I have expressed my reservations about the capability and suitability of Bridgewater Community Healthcare in taking over these services.

“Having exposed the extensive management failures and bullying culture at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust between 2010 and 2014, I am absolutely determined there is no repeat of the harm caused to patients and staff.

“An under-funded contract run by a trust with financial weaknesses, requiring improvement run by an inexperienced executive management team all feels very familiar when it comes to Liverpool community health services.

“I am cautious in welcoming this pause until I better understand its focus. Is it to review whether the current decision is actually in the best interests of patients and staff; ensuring the quality of care is right or is it to provide more time to ensure Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group don’t lose face having appointed Bridgewater Community Healthcare as their preferred bidder in the first place despite all the warning signs?

“Members of staff who have seen their former poor, bullying organisation transformed for the benefit of patients and staff have contacted me saying they are terrified that they are now being moved against their will from the QE2 to the Titanic.

“It may be a good idea for NHS Improvement to consult Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust staff during this pause to get their views on the prospect of transferring to Bridgewater Community Healthcare.

“There is too much at stake to get this wrong again for the patients and staff involved in Liverpool community health services; commissioners cannot afford a repeat of their previous failures. I for one will be monitoring developments during this pause very carefully.”

Rosie Cooper MP statement on NHS Improvement’s temporary pause on the transfer of Liverpool community health services

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has cautiously welcomed the announcement by NHS Improvement that there will be a temporary pause as they review the transaction process for transferring Liverpool community...

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