Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

31/07/08 Rosie gets result at health summit meeting

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured 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.

Summit success: Rosie Cooper MP outside Ormskirk Hospital

It comes after Rosie called a summit of the chief executives of the North West Strategic Health Authority, Sefton Primary Care Trust, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust to find a solution to the recurring financial problems facing the hospital which threatened services.

Since becoming MP for West Lancashire, Rosie has campaigned to ensure a long term future for Ormskirk Hospital, and is delighted with the progress achieved through this agreement.

Rosie said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have found a solution to the current financial challenges facing the hospital and health services on the Ormskirk site.

“There has been a great deal of uncertainty over the hospital’s future in the past couple of years, especially when we had to fight off the threat of merger. The assurances I have secured suggests that we can look forward to a bright and thriving future for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.

"Local people will really begin to see the difference in the coming months as new services are put into the hospital. There will be more announcements to come on the new Urgent Care Centre and the extra NHS dentists for Ormskirk."

In response to Rosie's demands for longer-term solutions Mike Farrar CBE, chief executive of North West Strategic Health Authority, said: "It was clear from the meeting that Rosie Cooper was vehement in her expectations of the NHS and our ability to deliver sustainable services to her constituents. I was pleased that the chief executives of the two primary care trusts and the hospital were able to reassure her of their commitment to that objective."

From the hospital trust’s view, Jonathan Parry, chief executive of Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, said: "I am pleased that we've concluded and agreed on this year’s contract. The Trust is looking forward to securing a three year contract from next year which will give the hospital the stability and security for the future."

Leigh Griffin, chief executive of Sefton Primary Care Trust, which is taking a lead on commissioning the services, said: "We are committed to working closely with the Trust's managers and clinicians to ensure the long-term sustainability of world class local health services."

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