Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, together with other local MPs met NHS leaders just before Christmas to discuss potential changes to the area’s hospital services.
The meeting took place on 23rd December at Queen’s Hospital Burton with the Chief Executive of the Burton NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, Helen Scott-South. Also there were Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and South Derbyshire’s Heather Wheeler.
Mr Pincher also took the opportunity to tell Ms Scott South about The Herald’s Robert Peel hospital petition, which is gaining signatures across the town.
He said, “The meeting was arranged primarily to discuss potential reductions to A&E services in Burton which I am against as any change will mean Tamworth residents will only have the choice of going to Good Hope. And one choice is no choice. I am very pleased that Helen Scott-South was able to meet us so close to Christmas.
“But I also wanted to raise the very important question of minor injury services currently provided at the Sir Robert Peel hospital in Mile Oak. I think it is essential that such an important service continues to be provided locally and I think just about everyone, including clinicians, will agree.
“Minor injury services available at Sir Robert Peel are well used and their loss to the town would mean people having to travel further, and that would put more and unnecessary pressure on A&E services at hospitals like Good Hope.
“It is very important, in my opinion, that local GP services make this case clearly to NHS leaders. I also hope that local GPs will make full use of the facilities at Sir Robert Peel, which has the space and the complementary skills to help them deliver better services to local patients. I have written to our local Clinical Commissioning Group of GPs to encourage their interest in Sir Robert Peel.
“I am confident that the Burton Hospital Trust want to make full use of the Sir Robert Peel hospital offering modern medicine to meet the needs of local people, so getting GPs involved is important.
“We need to learn more about the proposals for revised services and NHS leaders must be as transparent as possible about them. Everyone must have their say about the sorts of services they want to see at Sir Robert Peel and that we need in Tamworth.
“I encourage local people to support The Herald’s petition calling for minor injury services to remain available in Tamworth as that will leave NHS leaders in no doubt about local demand. I also encourage readers to talk to their local GP.”