Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 17, 2017

Sustainability Or Not Of Local A & E Services

Commenting on recent reports on the impact of Sustainability Transformation Plans, which include the downgrading of Accident and Emergency Services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper rosie6 has said “This information on proposals to downgrade local A&E services was published in November 2016. There is no new information from reports over recent days, merely it is a review of all STPs nationally.

“I raised my concerns in a parliamentary debate alongside Southport MP, John Pugh, back in November. The fundamental problem with Sustainability and Transformation Plans is from the beginning they were put together in secret. Local residents have been totally excluded from the decision-making processes.

“Still, NHS bosses have failed to adequately explain what they mean by ‘downgrading’. What this means in NHS management speak and what me and local residents understand it to mean can be completely different.

“Publishing this information without any explanation has led to anxiety and distress about the future of local health services. It also adds further pressure and begins to destabilise our local hospitals at a time when they are already under incredible pressure. This whole situation highlights the lack of accountability we now have within the NHS. Bosses seem to believe they can do as they please with taxpayer-funded services and don’t have to answer to anyone.

“I will always fight to protect local health services, which I have done in the past and continue to do as the people of West Lancashire should have access to a local hospital and local accident and emergency services.”


  1. For once I think our MP has it spot on. I wish though that she’d spend more time focusing on our West Lancashire health services than questions about health services in Liverpool which in some cases, few of her constituents will use.

    • She does seem to have it right. I looked at her website and I found enough evidence of her concerns for our health services. But if we are to lose local A & E health services won’t we be taken or sent to Aintree, in which case she’s right to be concerned about that too?

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