This week in Westminster Rebecca Pow called on the Government to back a bid from Musgrove Park Hospital (MPH) to upgrade their outdated surgery facilities. As part of ongoing improvement works across the hospital site, MPH has put in a bid to the Department of Health and NHS Transformation to build a £79.5million Surgical Centre.
Rebecca was granted an End of Day Adjournment Debate by the Speaker to make the case to Health Minister, Steve Barclay.
During her speech Rebecca highlighted the urgent need to upgrade the existing facilities which are housed in pre-1948 buildings built by American Forces as a temporary hospital for the D-Day landings. The buildings were not designed for the provision of 21st century healthcare, and are struggling to accommodate the escalating demand for the services provided within them. Despite challenging conditions patient care at MPH was recently rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
MPH has now submitted an outline business case to NHS Transformation following the Government announcement in the Autumn Budget of a £3.5billion of new capital investment fund for hospital buildings and infrastructure.
During the debate, Minister of State for the Department of Health, Steve Barclay said: “In securing this Adjournment debate, my hon. Friend, as she so often does, has put the case for Taunton Deane. As the Minister responsible, I recognise the importance of the issue both to her and to the community, and I look forward to continued discussions with her as we seek to progress the situation and ensure the best possible care for Taunton Deane and the surrounding area.”
Rebecca said: ‘I was delighted to be granted this debate. I wanted to be clear that whilst the dedicated staff at MPH do excellent work and have been rated outstanding for care, they are struggling in antiquated buildings comprise the critical care and endoscopy units. This was a welcome opportunity to bring this starkly to the Minister attention and to make a strong case for funding to develop a state-of-the-art new surgical and endoscopy centre.
I have raised this with the Secretary of State for Health himself on several visits he has made to Taunton. The world class care offered at MPH should be matched by world class facilities. I am hopeful that this will be looked upon favourably and was encouraged by the response from the Minister. Without this new centre the long-term sustainability of emergency care, critical care and diagnostic screening is at critical risk of failure.
I am launching a local campaign to help demonstrate public support for this bid to the Department of Health which includes a petition which I will present to the House of Commons.”