WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed news that Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust has improved in the last 12 months.
The Healthcare Commission’s ‘Annual Health Check 2007/2008’ published today (Thursday) shows that the quality of services is now ‘excellent’ compared with a rating of ‘fair’ last year. Under the ‘Use of Resources’ category, the Trust has gone from ‘weak’ last year to ‘fair’ this year.
Rosie said “There has been some significant improvements at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust in the last 12 months and I very much welcome that. Congratulations must go to the hard-working Trust staff .
“People rightly expect the best from their local hospital and I have made this clear to the management in the meetings I have held with them since becoming MP for West Lancashire.
“There has been a great deal of uncertainty over the future of Ormskirk Hospital in the past couple of years, especially when we had to fight off the threat of merger and the worries earlier this year about financial challenges the Trust faced.
“However, after I called a summit of health bosses, we were able to secure agreements from health bodies that will secure the immediate future of hospital services in Ormskirk and build stable and sustainable services in the longer-term. The Healthcare Commission’s report is a real boost for the Trust and it can now go forward and deliver a first-class service to the people of West Lancashire.”