5 questions for IDS on Whipps Cross
Like many of you, I was deeply saddened and concerned to hear that our local Whipps Cross Hospital was placed into special measures following one of the worst reports a CQC has made on a hospital. In the eight core areas of service, six were deemed to be inadequate including A&E and child services.
With an election looming, we can get bogged down in political fights. But in order to ensure the staff are correctly supported and that local residents get the health service they need, I have asked IDS to work with the local Labour Waltham Forest Council and MPs to see what we can do to get Whipps Cross back on track. I set out my email to him below. If you support this email, please endorse it.
1. You recently stated that you were to meet Barts and The London Trust senior management to discuss Whipps Cross. What was the outcome of that meeting?
2. Were you made aware of the extent of problems at Whipps Cross at that meeting?
3. Given your role as a member of the Cabinet, will you raise this issue directly with the Secretary of Health? I have this evening met with the Shadow Secretary of Health Rt. Hon. Andy Burnham MP and discussed specifically Whipps Cross. I am sure members of the Labour Party will attempt to raise questions around Whipps Cross in Parliament in the next few days.
4. In your 2010 campaign, you focused energy on ensuring that Whipps Cross will be a stable, great provider of healthcare to our local community. Do you believe you have done enough in the past five years? Do you also believe the Health and Social Care Act has been beneficial in any way to Whipps Cross in particular?
5. Will you, given the grave circumstances we are facing, now work with the Labour Council in Waltham Forest and my colleagues Stella Creasy MP and John Cryer MP to help get Whipps Cross out of special measures as quickly as possible?