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The day after Bedford Borough Council published its cross-party report on the future of Bedford Hospital, Richard Fuller MP met Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to tell him how the Council’s report provides a viable future for our local hospital consistent with national NHS priorities.
Bedford Borough Council’s cross-party report, prepared by PriceWaterhouse Coopers and published on 7th June, outlined a number of ways in which social care and hospital services could be integrated to save money and ensure that Bedford Hospital could continue to provide as many local services as possible.
“The Council’s cross-party report shows that local politicians – MPs, the Mayor and Councillors from all parties – are united in our determination that the maternity ward will remain at Bedford Hospital. The Council’s proposals to merge social care and NHS care in our area fits much better with national priorities of the NHS and would help fix the financial deficit at Bedford Hospital whilst retaining the maternity unit at Bedford Hospital.”
On the 8th June, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review published their proposals for local healthcare which would see the transfer of maternity services to Milton Keynes Hospital.
Richard criticised these proposals from the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Joint Healthcare Review saying:
“The Joint Review’s proposals are unworkable, unwarranted and unwelcome yet this “Zombie” review conducted at a cost of millions of pounds cannot stop itself from repeating mistake after mistake. For these past five years, I have campaigned against the proposals from this Review and have worked with clinicians at our hospital to develop their own vision for future care, IACS, the core for an ‘Addenbrooke’s Alliance’.”
The integrated acute and community services or IACS model incorporates integrated primary, community and acute care, networked with other hospitals to provide some hyperacute and fragile services.