Discussions over the merger of the local hospital trust have been officially acknowledged by the Department of Health. Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, tabled a question to the Department for Health relating to the potential impact a merger would have on patient choice. The response from the Health Minister Liam Byrne was that ‘formal discussions’ have begun to ‘review the configuration of trusts in the area’.
In response to the ministerial answer, Rosie Cooper MP:
“I am pleased the minister has been able to provide me with a clear and definite answer. I think the Minister is absolutely correct in stating that any reconfiguration has to be ‘demonstrably in the patients’ interest’. To make decisions in any other way, and for any other reason would be wrong.”
“I do not believe that merging hospital trusts would pass this patient interest test. But while merger remains an option we must continue to fight a campaign to say No To Merger.”
On the Say No To Merger campaign Rosie said:
“I am very pleased with the amount of support from local people. They have been calling my office with messages of support and encouragement along with requests for petitions. We must continue to push on with the issue over Christmas and then into the New Year. We are all busy but we must not be side tracked on this issue.”
“I hope all local people will feel moved to sign a petition and making their voices heard in saying No To Merger. There is real momentum behind this issue from local people and must make sure health service executives and health ministers know just how strongly West Lancashire residents feel.”