West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met withNHSWest Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss delivering the best possible health services for local residents. The meeting came ahead of the CCG’s official launch on 1 April 2013. On this date the CCG, led by local GPs, will take over responsibility for commissioning health services from the abolished Primary Care Trusts.
MP Rosie met with staff to discuss her commitment to working with them to deliver the best possible deal on health services here in West Lancashire.
Rosie outlined her role in fighting for West Lancashire constituents who have been let down in the past and the lessons that need to be learnt for the new system.
During the meeting Rosie spoke about her 30 years of work involved in the National Health Service, including as Chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital and now as a member of the Commons Health Select Committee.
Since 2005 Rosie has actively campaigned on health matters including opposing the proposed merger plans for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital with Liverpool hospitals; delivering an extra 17,000 NHS dental places; and bringing the £3 million West Lancashire Health Centre to Ormskirk Hospital.
MP Rosie said:
“It was a positive meeting and hopefully the CCG will have a better understanding of my role as the MP in standing up for constituents who have not received the treatment or service they should expect.
“There is going to be a period of adjustment as the new system settles in. I am here to work with and support the CCG to help it deliver the best possible health services for West Lancashire, especially at a time when Government is slashing £20 billion out of the NHS budget.
“My message is that voices of local people need to be listened to and heard. We need to have openness and transparency in how decisions are taken. Not in secret and behind closed doors.
“We must have a shared goal in how we deliver health services – its patients first. If this is at the heart of every decision taken then it is a good start.”
Mike Maguire, Chief Officer of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):
“We have been working alongside NHS Central Lancashire for about 18 months but as of 1 April 2013, we’ll take over full responsibility for commissioning local healthcare in West Lancashire. This meeting was a good chance for our team to meet their local MP Rosie Cooper, and hear more about her background and interest in local healthcare. We’re committed to working hard with all of our local community, such as members of the public, carers and councillors, and will make sure everyone can have a say in their local health services and in the CCG’s future plans.”