Shropshire hospitals ‘near breaking point’ says MP
The NHS in Shropshire and Mid Wales is approaching breaking point because of delays over a decision on hospital care, an MP has warned.
Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, whose constituents rely on Shropshire for hospital treatment, said he had hoped health chiefs would take a decision to go out to public consultation over future hospital care when they met on Monday.
But that will only happen, potentially between the end of September and middle of October, once the move has been given the go ahead by NHS England.
Mr Davies said the position was becoming desperate because local politics had taken precedence over providing care.
He said: "The population of Shropshire and Mid Wales can no longer sustain its two district general hospitals so the preferred solution is to merge the two hospitals, one to focus on 'emergency' care, and the other on 'planned' care.
"The clinical commissioning groups serving Shropshire and Mid Wales established The Future Fit Programme Board to recommend a way forward. Over three years later and costing millions of pounds it made its recommendations before Christmas.
"The CCGs met and split on a motion to accept the recommendation, and go out to public consultation on it. It was total chaos when local politics trumped clinical care."
Mr Davies said that public consultation is now vital to provide the way forward.
He said: "We are fast approaching a situation where the current NHS system serving Shropshire and Mid Wales breaks down. The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust is doing its best in difficult circumstances but the position is becoming desperate.
"We need agreement in order to ask central government for the reported £200 million needed for the capital works."