Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

This week, Richard called a debate in the House of Commons on the future of Bedford Hospital. During the debate, Richard criticised the flawed Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review and supported Bedford Borough’s Plan and the NHS National Strategy.

Responding to Richard, Ben Gummer, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, said the people of Bedford had been “let down” by reviews “going on too long” and called on NHS England to “ensure that a plan is agreed locally as quickly as possible and just to get on and do it, so that we stop this indecision and vacillation, which has clearly caused local people in Bedford such concern over so many years”.

You can watch the full debate here:

4 Responses to Parliamentary Debate on the Future of Bedford Hospital

  • Let’s hope they see sense.

  • It is alright to say get the plan agreed locally as quickly as possible but do the Commissioning Group hear what the local people are saying. We must not close the A and E at Bedford nor move the maternity from their either. With the town growing at the pace it is and also Milton Keynes it will be impossible to join the two hospitals together. It would mean that Bedford would have to wait probably more than 10 hours to be seen and as for the maternity services the babies would be born in the ambulances or on the side of the road before they got there. Please Please ensure that Bedford keeps its hospital and facilities.

  • Great idea to post a video of the debate. Thanks for this.

  • Great to hear robust support for our local hospital, and for the staff and local patients and mums-to-be affected by so much uncertainty. I am disappointed that the Undersecretary did not discuss the waste of over £6 million on the review process, nor did he undertake to seek accountability from those involved at NHS England. Nevertheless, it is hopeful that other partnerships, aside from MK, might well be considered. I hope also that Bedford Hospital can be given the chance to perform at its best once this futile and uncertain process is brought to a close.

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