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STA response to today’s Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Statement

STA response to today’s Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Statement

It is very odd given what the LMC has said and the 5 GPs who sit on RBCCG governing board saying they have serious doubts about the current plan and that all options must be considered that all 3 CCG governing bodies are supportive of pushing ahead.

STA suspect this is a matter of red tape and process, NHSE would take a dim view if CCGs just walked away from an agreed plan.

What must be recognised though is the model for that agreed plan has serious flaws as does the only provider formally spoken to so far.  The people in charge of this process, in this case FoAHSW programme board must at some point recognise that and act on what the county’s GP’s are saying.

We are doubtful that Dr Gary Ward can re work a model that has been at least 12 months in the making in a matter of weeks so it solves the problems highlighted by the WMCS report.   Plus the model of care is only part of the picture. We must not forget the financial state of the trust, known capacity problems – it was only yesterday WAHT were on level 4 and diverting blue light cases to the Alex for 2 hours and of course access and transport to the WRH site.

Other providers and options must be considered if FoASHW programme aboard are serious about delivering the safe sustainable change required.

To push ahead with the one option on the table is not only a slap in the face the county’s GPs but leaves this so far flawed process wide open to legal challenge.

 

Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Statement

The Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Programme Board met last night and all members confirmed their commitment to the ongoing development of the clinical model for Worcestershire produced last year (known as modified option one).

 

Last week the West Midlands Clinical Senate published its review of the proposed clinical model. Plans for the majority of the proposals including emergency surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology were supported. Plans for paediatrics were also supported but the Programme Board recognises that staff and the public will need a common understanding about where to take children who require hospital treatment. The Programme Board also needs to confirm there is enough capacity at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the additional paediatric patients.

 

The Clinical Senate advised that further work needed to be undertaken on the detail of the urgent care proposals. The Programme Board therefore agreed to establish an urgent care task and finish group to undertake this work. The work will be undertaken over the summer to ensure there is a detailed version of the model which can be put to the West Midlands Clinical Senate. The work will be led by Dr Gary Ward in his role as Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s lead for urgent and emergency care and will include local clinicians and GPs from within the county, working with external experts and the West Midlands Clinical Senate.

 

At the meeting the Programme Board also confirmed its commitment to consulting on the full clinical model later this year.

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