Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (16th October 2013) suggested that the launch of an investigation by health regulator Monitor into missed targets for treatment times is ‘a sign of the on-going crisis our NHS is facing as it is placed under unprecedented pressures’.
The health sector regulator has opened a formal investigation into whether the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has breached its licence to provide healthcare services. The main issues are 1) a persistent failure to meet this target; 2) challenging C. Difficile targets and 3) a rise in reported ‘never events’ (incidents which are so serious they should never happen).
Tom is also urging members of the public in our constituency to come forward with complaints of missed appointments or operations and will pass on evidence to Monitor.
“Like many of my constituents I am very concerned to hear that such a serious investigation is taking place and, understandably, will want a solution as soon as possible.
“I can’t help but think that the Coalition Government must take responsibility for their NHS failings. The cuts to nurses, the unfair allocation of funding to our area and presiding over the first summer A&E crisis in living memory, are just a few examples of their mishandling of the NHS.
“I am eager to work with all of the relevant parties that can help our local health service get through this – and take any action required – to deal with the serious issues Monitor has highlighted. Constituents who have faced missed appointments or operations should also come forward so that Monitor has all the evidence it needs to resolve the issues.”