NHS (Rochdale)

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 26th April 2011.

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Photo of Simon Danczuk Simon Danczuk Labour, Rochdale 2:30 pm, 26th April 2011

What plans he has to visit NHS services in Rochdale; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health visited the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which delivers services to the people of Rochdale, in June last year. There are no immediate plans to repeat the visit.

Photo of Simon Danczuk Simon Danczuk Labour, Rochdale

The reason I asked the question is that the people of Rochdale are extremely concerned about how Rochdale infirmary is being run and believe that the Pennine acute trust is not accountable. The Minister and the Secretary of State will be aware of the recent Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme, which showed the trust and its chief executive in a very poor light. The reconfiguration of services there has been handled very badly. May I ask the Minister, as a matter of urgency, to act upon all the concerns and investigate the management of the Pennine acute trust?

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. I am aware of the recent “Dispatches” programme and the fact that the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is implementing a number of service changes in a number of areas, including Rochdale. Those changes are part of the “Healthy Futures” and “Making it Better” programmes, both of which have been subject to full consultation with local people. NHS North West has confirmed that both programmes meet the four tests for service change, but if the hon. Gentleman continues to have concerns, I am sure one of the ministerial team will deal with them personally.

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This reply does not address the concerns of local people. No attempt has been made, as far as I can see, by the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust to assess the impact of greater travelling times for people in the Rochdale area needing to reach the hospitals now based in Oldham, Bury, Salford and Crumpsall. Traffic in the area is often quite bad and an accident on the M62 can bring much of...

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