His comments came during a Statement by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, about the Government’s plans to introduce a seven-day a week health service. The proposals are designed to eliminate poor service at weekends when many senior doctors choose not to work in the NHS.
Mr Hunt cited the example of terrible failings at Mid Staffordshire hospital during the last Labour government when bad management and a culture of secrecy led to scores of unnecessary deaths.
Intervening on Health Secretary Mr Pincher said, “We in Staffordshire know better than most what the denial machine that the Secretary of State referred to meant to local people, so I congratulate him on his commitment to transparency and consistency.
“Will he encourage the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to work much more collaboratively, so that commitment to transparency and better service is delivered to my constituents in Tamworth and Fazeley?”
In response, Mr Hunt told the Commons, “I will absolutely encourage that. The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest in the country and has had significant challenges. The Burton foundation trust has been through the special measures process, and patient care has improved as a result.
“Collaborative working will be the way forward. We need to break down the silos that have cursed so much of the NHS, and I will happily pass on that message.”
Speaking later Mr Pincher added, “I think it is very important that our two local health care trusts work very closely together, and in partnership with GPs in our Clinical Commissioning Group, to ensure that the best “joined up” service is provided to local people.
“I am particularly pleased that both Trusts continue to discuss how they can make the best use of the Sir Robert Peel hospital and that as a result Burton Trust has said it will not make any changes to patient services there for another year. I also encourage GPs to refer patients to the Peel and ask that patients ask their doctors to use the Peel if their patients’ needs are appropriate.”
During the recent election campaign, Mr Pincher made better healthcare one of his key themes. He said that now the NHS has been given the extra £8billion its boss Simon Stevens says it needs, it is time for the Service to deliver for patients and their families.