Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, asked a question about the Alexandra Hospital in the Chamber yesterday during an urgent statement made by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, following recent A&E pressures.
Karen Lumley MP asked:
As my right hon. Friend has mentioned, the A&E departments at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch have been under huge pressure over the past few weeks. Can he reassure patients at both our hospitals that everything possible is being done to alleviate the problem? While I am grateful for the measures that have been introduced, what our Trust really needs is agreement on a £29 million bid to increase capacity, and I urge my right hon. Friend to consider that as a matter of urgency.
Jeremy Hunt MP responded:
I thank my hon. Friend for her interest—on behalf of her constituents—in what has been happening. Subject to staffing, a new ward will be opened at the trust next week, and a new chief executive will arrive in the spring. We recognise the need for capital spending to increase capacity at both the Alex and the Royal, and we will consider that bid sympathetically.
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