Special Measures to support Medway Hospital

08102011535I visited Medway Maritime Hospital on Friday with my colleague Tracey Crouch MP to question hospital Chair, Denise Harker, and Chief Executive, Mark Devlin, about what they were doing to put right problems identified at the hospital by the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Bruce Keogh.

Today Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, confirmed that Medway was to receive special measures of support from the government.

I asked him:

Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood) (Con):

Is the Secretary of State aware that in Medway we were left with just three consultants to share cover of A and E, but we have now increased the number to six, and it will soon rise to eight?

He replied:

Mr Hunt:

These are precisely the problems that this review is designed to root out. There were problems with long A and E waits as well as with inappropriate medical interventions and poor communication with patients, but I hope my hon. Friend’s constituents will be reassured by the transparency of what is happening today, and the fact that I am making this Government accountable for sorting out those sorts of problems.

My Medway colleagues, Rehman Chisthi and Tracey Crouch, also spoke out on behalf of hospital patients.

Rehman noted that in 2005/06 the hospital had the seventh highest death rate in the country without special measures being adopted. The ‘excess mortality rate’ now is around 8% (up to 10% in one year may be considered chance) compared to 25% in 2005/06.

Tracey asked when our constituents could expect to see significant improvements at Medway hospital and the Secretary of State said we wanted these ‘swiftly’.

I have issued the following statement jointly with Reh and Tracey:

“The Government has conducted a thorough and expert led investigation of 14 hospitals including Medway Maritime Hospital in response to the higher than expected mortality rates at the hospital, which has been shown to have existed for some time.

“The report has highlighted significant concerns over the current procedures in place to protect patients and to provide safe care in the hospital and the Government has placed Medway in special measures.

“It is vital that Medway Hospital is given the support it needs to take all necessary steps to address these concerns so that residents can have trust in the hospital providing excellent health services.”

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3 responses to “Special Measures to support Medway Hospital

  1. I wish to speak out on behalf of a minority of pensioners and would hope to hear this statement from the government.

    “The International Consortium of British Pensioners has conducted a thorough and expert led investigation of a number of Commonwealth countries including Canada in response to the higher than expected poverty rate of ex-pat pensioners due to a government regulation, which has been shown this discrimination to have existed for some time.

    “The report has highlighted significant concerns over the current depravity in place due to the witholding of indexing which denies proper care of the elderly and the Government has placed the Frozen Pensioners in special measures in the new Pensions Bill.

    “It is vital that these pensioners are given the indexing they need to allow them live without pension penury so that all pensioners worldwide can have trust in the DWP providing an excellent pension service.”

    ( If all politicians could experience this injustice, then perhaps equality and morality and plain commonsense would win the day when this Bill is ultimately passed ).

    George Morley

  2. Here is a quote that I would like to see Mr Reckless and a resolution to a long standing injustice.:-

    “The International Consortium of British Pensioners has conducted a thorough and expert led investigation of a number of Commonwealth countries including Canada in response to the higher than expected poverty rate of ex-pat pensioners, which has been shown to have existed for some time.

    “The report has highlighted significant concerns over the current depravity in place due to the witholding of indexing which denies proper care of the elderly and the Government has placed the Frozen Pensioners in special measures in the new Pensions Bill.

    “It is vital that these pensioners are given the indexing they need and deserve to allow them live without pension penury so that all pensioners worldwide can have trust in the DWP providing an excellent pension service without the need for discrimination.”

  3. Andy Robertson-Fox

    Mr. Morley, I believe Mark Reckless was a member of the Scrutiny Committee which considered the Pension Reform Bill following its Second Reading in the House. He will, therefore, be aware of Clause 20 of the bill which is designed to perpetuate that discrimination. However, the error and misconceptions voiced by the members of the committee displayed a disturbing lack of knowledge of the frozen pension policy – a policy whereby 4% of the total UK pensioner citizenship worldwide who, despite having contributed to the NI Scheme like everyone else, are denied the annual uplift. The uplift under the triple lock guarantee that is payable in the UK, EU and countries like the USA but not in Australia, Canada or the Falkland Islands. One would hope that Mr Reckless is better informed than seems to be the case with many of his fellow committee members and, in particular, the Minister, Steve Webb.

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