Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

15/03/07 Enough is enough on patient transport, says MP Rosie

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has said ‘enough is enough’ on hospital-provided patient transport. Rosie wants Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust to rethink how the policy is working or not as the case seems to be. Rosie has been contacted be a large number of angry and upset patients, many of whom are elderly and rely on the ambulance transport service to get to and from their hospital appointments.

Each hospital trust has control over how they make ambulance transport services available to patients. Booking the service is at the discretion of the doctors and consultants.

Rosie said:

“It is time to review the appalling changes to the hospital transport policy. The Trust has been given time to get it right but patients and GPs are distressed by the current policy. I have been contacted about cases where patients’ health has been compromised by trying to get to hospital on public transport when they were previously provided with hospital transport. Patients Forums. GPs, MPs are crying out for some common sense on this matter. The Hospital Trust needs to deal with this situation now.”

“The hospital now has to think hard about patients and transport. I must see signs of improvement in this service otherwise I have no option but to talk to the Northwest Strategic Health Authority bosses about this dire situation.” 

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