There are a lot of unhappy people in the south of Buckinghamshire, especially in the High Wycombe area. They want their A&E and other hospital services back! The sad truth is that this is unlikely to happen.
As I have written about previously (What is happening to my hospital) the A&E service closed down in 2005 and first there was the Emergency Medical Centre then in 2012 there was the Minor injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU). This must have felt like a downgrading of services each time there was a change.
The authorities did not do a good job in explaining the reasons for these changes to the residents of High Wycombe and the surrounding area.
As part of their inquiry into the actions being taken as a result of the Keogh inquiry into Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust the county Council health and social care select committee is going to examine the provision of A & E services.
I am predicting that they will say something along these lines:
- Better facilities for A & E should be provided at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
- More permanent Consultants, junior doctors and nurses in A&E are needed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
- Better parking is needed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
- Better transport links (roads and public transport) between High Wycombe and Aylesbury are needed.
- An effective and regular publicity campaign about the appropriate service to use (A&E, MIIU, Pharmacies, GP surgeries etc.) is needed.
They may use a few more words though.
See press articles
See Steve Baker MP for High Wycombe Blog