Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper called on Prime Minister, David Cameron, to act to end the bullying culture at Liverpool Community Health Trust, which has carried consequences for patients and staff of the trust.
Rosie asked the Prime Minister if he would 'undertake to have the historic HR procedures, disciplinary actions and subsequent payoffs which were used as a mechanism for bullying to be forensically examined and ensure the Executive team and the Board are held accountable for the culture they created and sends out the message that bullying will not be tolerated.'
Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, the West Lancashire MP said:
"If we truly have a patient-centred NHS, then the Government needs to take tough and swift action against organisations like Liverpool Community Health Trust that are failing to put patients first.
"After the experience of my father's care and then the appalling findings from the Care Quality Commission, which found a bullying culture, I am demanding immediate action to hold those responsible to account.
"I very much welcome the commitment of the Prime Minister who agreed to my request to look forensically at how people who challenged the executive were bullied, threatened, even forced out. We cannot allow this type of behaviour to be carried out in the name of the NHS.
"If Liverpool Community Health Trust is going to come through this crisis then I don't believe the people who created this culture can change it. Only a new broom can sweep clean this amount of dirt. The Chief Executive, Executive Directors and the Board need to urgently consider their positions
"I am angry about the impact of this dreadful behaviour for my father, for all those patients who also deserved better. I am angry that people's lives and their health, whether patients or staff, have been detrimentally affected by the way the management have so poorly run the organisation.
“The more junior and medical staff are good people, dedicated and committed to serving the NHS and its patients, but they have been living in fear and too intimidated to challenge the Executive because their colleagues who dared to do so were either disciplined, demoted or reorganised out. It is thanks to the bravery of the staff in speaking to the CQC that has finally brought this shameful situation to light.
"They, as well as patients, deserve to have a health trust that cares about them and their wellbeing."
MP Rosie has been a vocal critic of Liverpool Community Health Trust following the poor care her terminally ill father received earlier this year. She raised her concerns with the Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP, as a member of the Commons Health Select Committee in November 2013.
Last week the Care Quality Commission published their damning report following an investigation of Liverpool Community Health Trust. The report called for enforcement action given the severity of the findings, in particular the bullying culture that exists within the organisation created by the Executive team.
Following the publication, Rosie publicly called for the chief executive to be removed from her post and for all the relevant health agencies, including NHS England, Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, to put the Liverpool Community Health Trust under serious scrutiny. Today the Prime Minister agreed that will happen.