Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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If Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was a private company it would have been wound up long ago


If Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was a private company it would have been wound up long ago. Monitor, the organisation that deals with dysfunctional parts of the NHS, thank goodness, is taking action against the chaos at Arrowe Park.

Last year I asked the Health Secretary for help by investigating the governance of our primary healthcare. I stressed that it was important not simply to look at the CCG but its relationship to Arrowe Park.

NHS North West moved swiftly to kill this inquiry. It allowed the CCG to pretend it was conducting its own inquiry, despite it being blindingly obvious that Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was, and remains, a major problem in the proper spending of the health budget.

Following the CCG’s review of its own affairs, I was assured that Arrowe Park would not be allowed to play its game of calling bankruptcy to take yet more resources away from the primary care GPs provide to my constituents.

And yet the wheel has come full turn. Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is bankrupt again.

So I am campaigning to ensure that the latest Arrowe Park crisis isn’t allowed to cripple more community services. There’s a real danger that funds will be drained away from our minor injuries units and other community based services to help plug the £5.5 million gap in Arrowe Park’s finances.

Such a move would be self-defeating, as it would place more pressure upon the already overstretched A&E department at Arrowe Park.

I have therefore written to the Health Secretary with a copy of my previous letter asking him now to act and institute a comprehensive inquiry into the malfunctioning of health services that affect my constituents.

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