West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has expressed clearly her outrage at the failing mental health provision for patients in West Lancashire and the commissioners’ omission of West Lancashire from their plans. She has consistently complained about the poor service to West Lancashire residents demanding action from the Trust (LCFT), and its commissioners, West Lancashire CCG and NHS England. We have had a lot of talk but precious little action to fix the very real problems.
The damming report which revealed numerous issues including bed shortages, patients being sent hundreds of miles away from home to other hospitals and some waiting days in A&E to get a bed at The Harbour in Blackpool.
However, MP Rosie was further concerned not just by the findings of the report, but the lack of input from and consultation with providers in West Lancashire. She said:
“The report is highly critical of the mental health provision across Lancashire including my West Lancashire constituency, which is no surprise given the number of constituents who come to me for support with complex mental health problems and issues with accessing services in Lancashire.
“Worse still is that this report and its authors at no point consulted with either Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals or Mersey Care Foundation Trust, both of whom are involved with patients in West Lancashire.
“This is a massive failing in itself from the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) of which West Lancashire is a part of, not to consult with the relevant trusts on the plan to fix the problems and find solutions and better support my West Lancashire constituents.
“I am in discussions with the Chief Executives at both Southport and Ormskirk and Mersey Care and will be ensuring their involvement and input going forward, having already made my thoughts clear to the ICS Chief Officer Dr Amanda Doyle.”