Suttonians were given a chance to put out their views and concerns about the proposed changes to services at Good Hope in a public meeting called by the Royal Town’s MP on Thursday evening.
The well-attended meeting, chaired by Mr Mitchell, saw the Hospital Trust, who were invited to present their proposals to the assembled audience, give a presentation on the proposals before the meeting was opened up to questions from the audience.
A number of views and concerns were expressed, including by neighbouring Erdington MP, Jack Dromey, who Mr Mitchell invited to express his opinion on the changes. The local campaign group Save Good Hope Local Services also gave a resume of their concerns about the proposals.
The tone of the meeting reiterated the strength of feeling about the proposals within Sutton Coldfield. Sutton’s MP summarised the main issues that have been raised to him by his constituents, asking the Hospital for greater clarity about what Good Hope was set to both lose and gain under the current plans, and questioned the Trust’s proposed provisions for travel between hospitals, for patients, visitors and staff alike.
Mr Mitchell also questioned the Senior Management about the revelations in a Monitor Report, which revealed that across the Trust waiting time targets were not being met, and which also flagged up other issues. The Royal Town’s MP pushed for the Hospital to come up with a concrete plan to tackle these very evident issues as a matter of priority, and sought assurances that the Hospital Management was taking these reports sufficiently seriously.
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”