Local MP Rosie Cooper has said the reduction in the number of posts at Southport and Ormskirk is unwelcome news but that the number one priority has to be to save the hospital and secure its long term future in the face of a large debt.
The difficult decisions taken by the hospital to address the debt problems will give the hospital and the MP the opportunity to find a real solution to the debt issue. Rosie Cooper is hopeful that the £6 million savings needed can be found.
“Having a hospital that serves the people of West Lancashire has to be the number one priority. The difficult decisions taken by the hospital give us all more time to find a solution to the ongoing debt issues that hospital faces every year.”
“It is never good news when hospitals have to take the decision to reduce the number of posts. But I have assurances from the hospital management that nurses on the ward will not be affected by this decision to reduce the number of posts within the Trust.”
“I am fighting hard to deliver the results that save the hospital. In the coming weeks I have meetings arranged with Health Ministers and even the Prime Minister to discuss how we can tackle the underlying debt problems. This would stop the hospital debts from increasing year after year as they have been doing, which is why the hospital is in this position.”
“We must look to the long-term when it comes to such services as healthcare. The difficult decisions taken today are about securing a better future for health care for the people of West Lancashire. I expect the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority to be proactive in supporting me and the hospital trust by doing everything in their power to help deliver this solution.”
“One of the problems is that under the new Payment by Results system hospital trusts with new buildings will be unfairly penalised. I know that by correcting what is an unfair allocation of funding it would be the major way of making the £6 million needed. This is the message I will convey to the Prime Minister.”
“This Labour Government has made great strides in delivering a health service that has significantly reduced waiting times, has put more doctors and nurses caring for patients on the wards and has improved the pay of nurses. We cannot allow this progress to be lost in West Lancashire when there is a solution available.”
Rosie has tabled an Early Day Motion 1949, which reads:
That this House recognises that under the current Payment by Results Tariff arrangements, which are underpinned by the market forces factor adjustment, NHS trusts with newly or recently built facilities are unfairly penalised by only attracting an allocation based on average overhead costs; and, in order to avoid financially penalising clinically efficient, clean and modern facilities in favour of low cost inefficient provision, calls upon the Secretary of State for Health to correct this wholly unfair anomaly by adjusting funding allocations to such compromised NHS trusts.