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Calls have been made by Labour's Liz Savage for Southport Hospital to receive greater levels of support and funding after the latest Care Quality Commission report about standards there.
England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals found several areas of concern across Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and rated services unchanged at Requires Improvement overall.
The Trust was rated "Requires Improvement" for being safe, effective and responsive. It was also rated "Inadequate" for being well-led and "Good for Caring".
At Southport Hospital the ratings for services stayed the same - "Requires Improvement". A number of problems were identified from not securing patients' notes securely to their risk assessments not being completed consistently.
It found that while mandatory training levels had improved, records for surgery showed that not all theatre recovery staff had completed immediate or advanced life support training. Across the hospital staff did not follow the trust’s infection control policy in relation to nursing patients with communicable diseases.
At the time of the inspection areas within the hospital were also not visibly clean. This included areas within spinal injuries, urgent and emergency care, surgery and medical wards.
The rating for the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre which is located the hospital, actually went down to "Requires Improvement" from it's previous "Good" standard.
Ellen Armistead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, North, said:
"While we saw some improvements they were limited. At the 2016 inspection we raised concerns regarding patients’ privacy and dignity... Unfortunately, at this inspection we observed patients were being cared for on the corridor in various states of condition and undress.
“The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is based at this trust and it’s very disappointing to report that the rating for this service has fallen to Requires Improvement.
“The pace of change needs to be addressed and the trust remains Requires Improvement overall.”
Ormskirk Hospital was also found to "Require Improvement" but the children's emergency department service was rated "Good".
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, Liz Savage, says:
"The trust has been going through a tough time over the last couple of years, staff are under huge pressures due to the Conservatives handling of the NHS and it has also had local management issues. It needs greater funding and more support to help ease it through this difficult period.
Damien Moore recently accused us of 'scaremongering' when we raised concerns about what was happening at Southport Hospital, claiming all was well there. Will he now accuse the CQC of the same?
When will the town's MP stop his charade and realise that there are serious issues that need to be addressed here? Our hospital and trust needs strong support and funding, not his weak platitudes."
Calls have been made by Labour's Liz Savage for Southport Hospital to receive greater levels of support and funding after the latest Care Quality Commission report about standards there. England’s...
Southport’s MP has been urged to reject Government plans to leave thousands of the poorest children in the town and across Sefton without a free school meal.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, Liz Savage, has written to Tory MP Damien Moore urging him to put the children before party loyalty next week and oppose a plan the Government had tried to sneak through without a vote.
The policy could mean over 5,000 children across Sefton, many growing up in poverty, will not be able to access a free school meal, say the Children’s Society.
The charity estimates it could affect over a million children across the country and may be the difference between them eating a hot meal that day and going hungry.
The plan will see an income threshold imposed on families receiving universal credit and the government is also planning to remove free childcare from those earning above the threshold.
For local families affected, the income threshold will create a cliff-edge, meaning some parents could be better off either reducing their hours, or not taking additional hours or pay rises. That’s because moving just above the income threshold would leave them worse off, which directly undermines the Government’s stated aim of Universal Credit - to make work pay.
The Government scheme to restrict free school meals and free childcare will be brought to the Commons next week, following an intervention from Labour to bring what it calls “these heartless and short sighted plans” to a binding vote.
Speaking about the scheme, Liz Savage said:
“The Tories are trying to dish up a particularly unpalatable plan to remove free school meals from up to 5,400 children in our area alone.
It seems milk snatching wasn’t enough, they now want to remove the whole plate.
“If Damien Moore wants to literally take hot dinners away from the children of his constituents, then frankly I’m not sure how much lower he can stoop.”
“The vote on Tuesday gives him an opportunity to show just whose side he is on; the poorest kids in his constituency, or this Tory government imposing heartless cuts on low income families.
He needs to consider his priorities on Tuesday and I’ve written to him asking that they are the children rather than career ambition.”
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Just over 200 Labour campaigners gathered in High Park today to protest against the "scandalous and dangerous" problems at Southport Hospital and the current crisis in the NHS.
The activists were addressed by Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, as well as Sefton MP and Shadow Minister for Small Business, Bill Esterston, and local Parliamentary Candidate, Liz Savage, before setting out to brave the rain to leaflet and canvass in Norwood and Kew wards and set up a street stall in the town centre.
The campaigners were told how eight years of underfunding under the Conservatives has resulted in the worst winter crisis on record with over 1 in 8 patients across NHS England having to wait in ambulances for treatment for over half an hour, 25,000 of them for over an hour; while average bed occupancy hit 93.9%, substantially above the recommended safe rate of 85%.
Labour's Southport Parliamentary Candidate, Liz Savage, also described the local situation:
"Just a fortnight ago we raised concerns about what was happening at Southport Hospital and its A&E and were falsely accused of "scaremongering" by the local Tory MP, who claimed all was well at the hospital."
"Since then we've discovered that it is very nearly 15% below the four-hour treatment target and one of its A&E consultants felt compelled along with 67 others from across NHS England to write to Theresa May warning of chronic underfunding, systematic failure and patients dying in corridors. "
"Only yesterday the local trust had to put out an urgent appeal for nurses over Twitter due to the pressure it was under. It's a scandalous and dangerous situation but Southport's MP and his party colleagues are dangerously complacent about it. We will not be. "
Other MP's from the region also turned out with Bootle's Peter Dowd, Walton's Dan Carden and Wirral West's Margaret Greenwood joining local campaigners and activists from across Merseyside and Lancashire.
The event was one of two in the North West organised as part of a nationwide "Action Day" highlighting the difficulties the NHS is facing. Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“Action Saturday is an opportunity for our passionate network of activists and supporters to mobilise in defence of our NHS. This unprecedented winter crisis has united our Labour movement around the shared goal of fighting together to safeguard the future of our NHS .
“Under the Tories, our NHS has been left underfunded, understaffed and overstretched. Despite the heroic efforts of our NHS staff, thousands of vulnerable patients have been left languishing on trolleys, stuck in the backs of ambulances and unable to receive the social care packages they urgently need.
“Labour founded the NHS, our proudest achievement, and on the year of its 70th anniversary we will fight to save the NHS from Tory underfunding, cuts and privatisation.”
Hundreds of Labour supporters protest in Southport against Tories' "scandalous and dangerous" NHS Winter Crisis
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"Some of our own personal experiences range from
• Over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely
• An average of 10-12 hours from decision to admit a patient until they are transferred to a bed
• Over 50 patients at a time waiting (for) beds in the Emergency Department
• Patients sleeping in clinics as makeshift wards"
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New figures released for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are "a real cause for concern" says Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southport, Liz Savage.
Latest statistics covering the period from Christmas Day to New Year's Eve reveal that local bed occupancy rates ran as high as 100% and also significantly outstripped the national average.
During the same period over a hundred patients were forced to wait outside in ambulances for treatment at A&E for over 30 minutes, with nearly half of them waiting for over an hour.
The figures reveal just how stretched local services currently are claims Labour's Liz Savage:
"These figures are shocking and a real cause for concern. No-one can justify 133 people waiting outside A&E for over half an hour before they are treated and even more worryingly, 60 of them had to wait over an hour which also means ambulances are tied up for that time. Given the probable changes to our A&E service under the Tory STP plans this will only mean further restrictions to an already overstretched service."
While nationally for NHS England average bed occupancy was up nearly 1 percent on the week before Christmas to 91.7% for Christmas Week, locally it shot up to just over 95% peaking at fully occupied on December 28th.
The figures are well over the recommended safe rate of 85% bed occupancy above which hospital infections and bed crisis problems become more common.
Liz Savage is worried not only by the problems that the high bed rates can cause but also by what they might represent:
"My concern is that local demands may not be being met properly because of a lack of funding. The Winter Crisis isn't a local phenomenon but it is something we can feel more keenly here due to our large number of older residents. We need further investment in the NHS and not the estimated £26 billion in cuts to health services that the BMA says are involved in the Tory STP plans."
Labour’s analysis of NHS England’s Weekly Winter Statistics also revealed that between 25th and 31st December 16,893 patients were left waiting longer than 30 minutes in ambulances outside A&E departments.
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the data said:
"These figures reveal the shocking scale of the crisis in our NHS this winter. Over 75,000 patients have been left languishing in the back of ambulances this winter, something the Government should be deeply ashamed of.
“Labour and clinicians have warned Ministers for months to prepare for this winter, but concerns were casually dismissed out of hand. Theresa May’s boast that the NHS is the best prepared it’s ever been has now been entirely discredited.
“The truth is we are now approaching the 8th year of desperate underfunding and cuts to our health and social care services by the Tories. We've seen thousands of beds cut from the NHS and the numbers of days lost to delayed discharge are up by 50% since 2010.
“The NHS is being pushed to the brink under Theresa May and it is patients suffering as a consequence.”
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