I have received many emails and letters concerning Leek Moorlands Hospital and would like to update Moorlands residents on the situation.
I have always used Leek Moorlands Hospital and my family and I would always want to be treated there. I believe that saving Leek Moorlands Hospital is not about politics as some people are saying, but about everyone coming together on a cross-party basis to do the very best for Staffordshire Moorlands.
I have called for and attended many meetings to discuss the Leek Moorlands Hospital including meetings with the Health Secretary and the Director of the STP where I have explained the issues facing the Hospital to them and have been clear about the need for Leek to have the right services under one roof.
Working on a cross-party basis, I have also held meetings with the Save Leek Hospital Action group as well as the Leader of the District Council, Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and have sent representatives to all CCG meetings when I have been unable to attend due to my Parliamentary duties.
I would like to thank the hundreds of local people who took the time to complete my hospital survey, the redacted results have been sent to the CCG and shared with the Save Leek Hospital Action group.
January 26th 2018
Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and I welcomed a meeting in Leek with Marcus Warnes and Cllr Alan White to discuss Leek Moorlands Hospital.
It was a good meeting with Marcus Warnes (CCG) and Cllr Alan White (SCC) and we were reassured that the County Council and CCG are committed to improving facilities at Leek Moorlands in both health and care. They committed that 2018 would be a year of engagement and consultation with 2019 being the year of delivery of services that meet the health and care needs of the people of Leek and the Moorlands.
March 8th 2018
I was pleased that despite the bad weather, many Staffordshire Moorlands residents managed to get down to London for the NHS Care for All Campaign meeting in Parliament. With an Urgent Question on Northern Ireland, I was only able to pop in briefly but a staff member was present throughout the meeting to take notes and report back.
I also recently contacted the Health Minister, Steve Barclay MP regarding residents’ concerns that Leek Moorlands Hospital will no longer be called a ‘hospital’ following a review of local community hospital provision.
I have now received a response from the Health Minister where he assures me that the Department has made enquiries through NHS Improvement and has been assured by the Chief Executive of the Trust that there is categorically no intention to drop the name of Hospital from Leek Moorlands.
October 12th 2018
Cllr Sybil Ralphs and I held a meeting on Friday with senior health and care officials from the CCG, STP, MPFT, the NHS and Staffordshire County Council to discuss the latest position regarding Leek Moorlands Hospital.
It was a positive and constructive meeting and we were reassured that we all share the same aim: to deliver the right health and social care services for the people of Leek and the Moorlands.
The health and care officials confirmed that the consultation will take place at the end of the year and it was clear from the meeting that what is important to everyone present, is that we all continue to work together in a positive, non-political manner to do the very best for local residents in Leek and the Moorlands.
October 17th 2018
Letter in Leek Post & Times from Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs
I have been disappointed over the last few weeks by the scaremongering and misinformation being discussed online and at a public meeting on Tuesday 4th September about Leek Community Hospital. I would like to reassure the people of Leek that the CCGs have no plans to withdraw health services from the area, rather the opposite, our intention is to deliver services centred around each patient and the health needs of local people.
We have some ambitious and exciting proposals that will form the basis of our consultation later this year. These are being considered by NHS England at the moment. Local people have helped to design these proposals. These proposals are set out in a pre-consultation business case, which when approved by NHS England will be considered by the CCGs’ governing bodies in a public meeting. Once we get the green light, we will begin formal consultation. We will not be making any decisions on services until we have consulted.
Recent rumours about withdrawing services have come about as a result of the CCGs confirming with the County Council’s scrutiny committee as to the services that will be included in the consultation, which is the right and proper process for us to follow. It is true that we will have to reconfigure some services to ensure they are provided in the right place by the right teams, but this will not be to the detriment of meeting the health and care needs of local people. I would ask you to please bear with us whilst we go through the assurance process with NHS England after which the CCGs will begin formal consultation on their proposals.