Local MP Bill Wiggin is to meet with Martin Woodford, the Chief Executive of Herefordshire Hospitals NHS Trust following the Dr Foster Hospital Guide’s criticisms of patient safety, which scored the Trust in the bottom twelve performing in the country. Bill Wiggin said:

“The NHS is a top priority for the Conservative Party. I take the safety of my constituents very seriously and have arranged to meet with Martin Woodford to discuss this report and the steps the hospital is taking to make improvements. I want to make sure that my constituents are kept safe when they use our local hospital and any constructive criticism will be helpful in making services better. The Trust must rise to the challenge to make the necessary improvements to patient safety and they will have my help and support.”

Bill Wiggin has previously campaigned for more beds at the hospital and improved cancer care services and added:

“Following this report, the lack of a dedicated isolation ward is something that will need to be looked into. There are also some structural problems with the Trust that need addressing, such as the huge burden of their PFI debt, which compromises the Trust’s finances.”

Bill Wiggin also criticised the Government’s inspection system for failing to uncover and address the issues raised in the Dr Foster report. Bill Wiggin commented:

“The Labour Government had claimed that their new inspection regime would keep patients safe, but the Dr Foster report has shown this system to be flawed. Instead of the current system of self-assessment, we need to see change and have inspectors paying close attention to patients to find out what is happening in our hospitals. There also needs to be less focus on top-down targets and more emphasis placed on delivering results for patients.”