Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

10/07/06 Promise of help with hospital debt

Rosie Cooper MP has secured a promise of help with the hospital debt for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital. Any help is based on the hospitals management producing plans that will make it clear to the new Strategic Health Authority they will not get in this position again.

At the end of this year the hospitals debt will stand at approximately £20 million with the forecast that the debt would increase to £30 million the following year. However, local Labour MP Rosie Cooper says there is some hope for the future finances of the hospital.

Rosie said:

“We have successfully fought off the threat of merger with Liverpool hospitals, we have successfully kept the Minor Injuries Unit open when it was threatened with closure. With even more services going into the Ormskirk site we are heading in the right direction. If we can just resolve the debt issues we can begin to build a thriving hospital that delivers high quality services for the people of West Lancashire.”

“An initiative led by the Strategic Health Authority has indicated that they will write off the historic debt. That is £14million over two years if Southport and Ormskirk Hospital can show that they can STOP the debt increasing each year. This means that the pain that is being felt at the hospital now can produce real gain, and a solid future for the hospital."

“If we do get this help, together with the recovery plan, it will put the hospital on a sound financial footing. A superb clinical reputation together with good finances means we can build a better future, especially on the Ormskirk site, as it is the hospital with the capacity to increase services and strengthen the NHS locally.“

“It is as simple as this, if we do not get the debt issues resolved then we will quickly see a merger option return to the table. The question will no longer be whether we put services in Ormskirk or Southport. Instead it will be to which of the hospitals in the surrounding areas do we send patients.” 

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