East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is ‘very concerned’ that some unelected health officials seem ‘hellbent on stripping services from smaller local hospitals’.
Greg says: “These changes cannot be driven by a lack of money as the NHS is receiving a record £124bn this year with a further £8bn planned in the next 5 years. Further, health managers themselves admit that the changes at Driffield Hospital have nothing to do with saving cash. It is a pity then that they did not listen to members of the public who made it quite clear that they did not support their proposed changes.
So far as Bridlington Hospital is concerned, it is a grossly underused NHS resource and I find it incredible that a ward closure is now proposed whilst over at Scarborough Hospital people are working out of porta-cabins.
I am therefore meeting the Chief Executive of the Trust responsible early in the New Year to discuss this worrying situation in further detail.
And that is why I have also raised my concerns in the House of Commons with the Health Secretary.
House of Commons Official Record 19th December 2018
Sir Greg Knight MP
Does my right hon. Friend not think it is unfortunate that, at a time when GP services are being sustained, local hospital services in some areas are being reduced? Does he share my concern that some NHS trust managers and clinical commissioning groups seem hellbent on removing valued local services from our smaller hospitals, such as at Driffield and at Bridlington in my constituency?
Jeremy Hunt MP
My right hon. Friend has talked to me extensively about this in private, and I fully understand his concerns. The Government are increasing funding to the NHS, which involves extra money going both to out-of-hospital services, such as general practice, and to hospital services. We expect all areas of the country to find sensible ways for those two sectors to work together.