Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017.
Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford, has called on local health commissioners to “end the insanity” of a “deeply flawed review of local hospitals that has an almost total absence of local support in Bedford.”
On Wednesday, attending the public session of the first combined Health Review Committee looking at the futures of Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals, Richard said “This review has blundered along for years based on bureaucratic inertia, sticking rigidly to an incomplete framework of options and, in my view, indulging ever increasing losses at Milton Keynes Hospital and covering financial embarrassment at their regulator, Monitor.”
Richard challenged the Committee whether even now, after years of waiting and millions of pounds, they knew which services would be commissioned on each site, and whether they knew if there would be sufficient capital for any changes they proposed.
Members of the public at the meeting poured further doubt on the crucial question of patient flows between Bedford and Milton Keynes, which Richard said was one of a number of “serious flaws” that had plagued the review.