Continuing my campaign to support Kettering General Hospital with two vital meetingsPosted: July 26, 2013
I recently met with the Chairmen of the two Clinical Commissioning Groups serving north Northamptonshire, to discuss local healthcare issues and action to improve A&E at Kettering General Hospital.
I was joined at the meeting by my neighbouring MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone. Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough was unable to be at the meeting but is working jointly with Mr Hollobone and myself in support of Kettering General Hospital. We met with Dr Peter Wilczynski, Chairman of Corby Healthcare, and Dr Darin Seiger, Chairman of the NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group. Together these organisations are responsible for healthcare in Northamptonshire, working with GPs, community health services and the counties hospitals.
At the meeting we highlighted particular concerns about Accident and Emergency services at Kettering General Hospital, which are currently failing to meet national standards and targets, such as for waiting times (I have also made a speech in Parliament recently about this).
We requested support for a joint hospital and CCG bid to the government for funding to modernise A&E and a GP presence at the A&E to assist with a triage service, so that patients who can be treated by GPs are seen quickly and do not wait in A&E. Dr Wilczynski and Dr Seiger agree to support both initiatives, and in return we have offered to back local initiatives to improve primary care and bring health care closer to patients. This approach is already working in Corby where the new Urgent Care Centre has reduced the number of patients going to A&E at Kettering General Hospital.
Philip, Peter and I will meet again with the local health Chairs and the Hospital Trust in the Autumn to review progress and develop the joint initiatives.
The meeting follows on from talks at the Department of Health last Thursday with the Health Minister and representatives from Kettering Hospital and Corby Healthcare. At the meeting we outlined what they described as an ‘exceptional case’ for investment and support for Kettering General Hospital given the population growth in the area. the Minister for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, invited the us to work with local health providers to develop a bid for funding for A&E improvements. The BBC have reported on the meeting.