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Burton’s MP welcomes hospital link

Friday 27th September 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
Burton’s MP welcomes hospital link

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed the news that Queen’s Hospital is to benefit from a new link with University Hospitals in Birmingham where top officials will share their expertise.

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, announced the link up last week as part of the drive to improve those hospitals placed in special measures as part of the Keogh Review, which included Queen’s Hospital in Burton.

Additional measures were also announced that will mean that detailed improvement plans and monthly progress updates will be published. Queen’s Hospital will also have an new Improvement Director appointed by Monitor, the Health regulator, to ensure that progress is made.

Andrew Griffiths said: “This new link up is good news for Queen’s Hospital as the University Hospitals Birmingham Trust is considered to be one of the top NHS Trusts in the country. I have no doubt they will bring huge levels of expertise that Queen’s can really benefit from.”

“I know everyone at Queen’s is working incredibly hard to improve the level of care in the wake of the Keogh Review, and the sharing of extra expertise from Birmingham will be a real boost to that.”

Announcing the link last week, Jeremy Hunt said: “Instead of yet more management consultancy reports, we are backing the elite leaders at high-performing hospitals to lend their expertise through innovative improvement contracts.

“Our determination to address failures where they are exposed will be unwavering. This level of openness and resolve is critical to restoring public confidence and making sure everyone gets the best care.”

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