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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...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has accused the government of trying to fund high quality early years education on the cheap, which will see pre-school children being failed.

MP Rosie was speaking in a Parliamentary debate on Maintained Nursery School Funding on Wednesday 1 February 2017 when she made the comments.

Rosie also raised the issue again today (Monday 6 February) in the Commons directly with the Secretary of State for Education during Education Questions.

Maintained nursery schools are very much the jewel in the crown of early years education provision. Sixty per cent of these nursery schools are rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED, which includes West Lancashire’s Moorgate Nursery School in Ormskirk.

In recent months government has been consulting on funding for the early years sector. Initial indications are that they want to fund all providers – maintained nursery schools, private nurseries, childminders, pre-school nurseries etc.- at the same funding rate.

This would be a fair funding regime if all providers had to operate by the same rules and standards. There are important differences which are not considered in the proposed funding reforms.

Maintained nursery schools provide early years education rather than just childcare. They are also schools and therefore must employ qualified teachers. Yet they are not funded in the same way as schools but instead through the early years funding formula.

Local authorities have the power to fund nursery schools on a different basis than other providers but they are under no obligation to do so following government changes in the funding of local authorities.

The government has offered maintained nursery schools transitional funding as the new funding formula is introduced but many schools fear this is not sufficient for the long-term to keep many nursery schools open.

Speaking after the debate, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“On walking into Downing Street the Prime Minister spoke about her ambitions for improving social mobility for all.

“If she wants to be true to her word and honour her commitment then she needs to end her obsession with grammar schools and invest properly in early years education.

“To date government has demonstrated a scandalous lack of understanding on the importance of early years intervention in improving a child’s life chances. In their consultation they even confuse childcare and early years education as if they are the same thing.

“Government needs to decide if they want good or if they want cheap early years provision.

“They can’t have good, cheap early years provision.

“Do we want the best possible start in life for our children or not?

“Currently this government is hurtling towards choosing not.”

Government trying to fund early years education on the cheap and failing children says Rosie Cooper MP

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has accused the government of trying to fund high quality early years education on the cheap, which will see pre-school children being failed. MP Rosie...

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