Following the Public Meeting held by Andrew Mitchell last Thursday on the proposed changes to service provision at Good Hope Hospital, Mr Mitchell had one of his regular meetings with Les Lawrence, Chairman of the Heart of England Foundation Trust, to discuss developments and issues across the three hospitals.
Mr Mitchell went into the meeting with a strong message – that the Hospital Trust must ensure that any changes would maintain a full and logical service delivery at Good Hope Hospital for the people of Royal Sutton Coldfield.
The meeting inevitably focused to a large extent on the outcome of the Public Meeting, which Les Lawrence also attended and made himself available to respond to questions from concerned Suttonians. Mr Mitchell asked for assurances that the issues raised in the Public Meeting would be taken forward as the consultation progressed, and stressed the need for ongoing and open communication between the Hospital Trust and the community served by the Hospital.
Les Lawrence was adamant that no decisions had been made, and that the Trust were still at the beginning of the process and would continue to consult fully as plans changed and developed.
Following the Public Meeting Mr Mitchell said “I hope that the Hospital Management will take away my constituents’ concerns from this meeting. I will be keeping a close eye on the progress of the plans to ensure that this truly is an open and responsive to the concerns of those served by the Hospital. Any changes that are made need to result in improved service delivery for Suttonians. We all want the best possible care for our loved ones, but that also has to be delivered in as effective and efficient a manner as possible. The formal consultation will now take place and we will all need to consider the outcome of that before reaching any firm conclusions as to whether the changes are in the best interests of Sutton Coldfield.”