Ex-mayor Darren Hayday continues attack on MP Steve Baker

Bucks Free Press: Mr Hayday (left) and Mr Baker (right) meeting Andrew Lansley in 2009 Mr Hayday (left) and Mr Baker (right) meeting Andrew Lansley in 2009

A FORMER Conservative mayor has continued his attack on Steve Baker – saying he “nearly fell off his chair” after reading the Wycombe MP’s response to his previous letter.

Last week Mr Baker defended his stance on Wycombe Hospital after Darren Hayday accused him of ‘making warm fussy noises and sitting on the fence’. The Tory MP said: “Some criticisms are unreasonable, and I think it’s unreasonable to say we should be demanding A&E and maternity back.

“Of course I want them back but it would be misleading the public to pretend that we can get them back.”

After reading the comments Mr Hayday wrote to the Bucks Free Press: “I nearly fell off my chair....I may not be alone when I say this. I do think that it’s reasonable to fight to get these services back to Wycombe Hospital, along with the others that we have lost in the last few years.

“I pay my taxes and expect to have a return in services such as an A&E department in our town.

“I am honestly fearful being a parent and in the future being faced with the dilemma to which hospital would I rush my child to in an emergency situation now that we no longer have an A&E department.”

Mr Baker responded: “We would all like to have kept A&E but I don’t get to direct the doctors in what they do.

“The easy way in politics is to deal with slogans and rhetoric, but I would have been failing in my duty to the public by doing that.”

The decision to close the A&E ward at Wycombe Hospital was made by the Buckinghamshire NHS, and Mr Baker argues that opposing the closure would have “flown in the face of what the health professionals are saying”.

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4:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

townraider says...

Biggles Baker ... classic example of the sort of Tory spin we have come to expect from him!!
He has little opinion on anything that matters to the electorate or the residents he represents!!
Biggles Baker ... classic example of the sort of Tory spin we have come to expect from him!! He has little opinion on anything that matters to the electorate or the residents he represents!! townraider
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4:57pm Tue 20 Nov 12

townraider says...

Biggles Baker ... classic example of the sort of Tory spin we have come to expect from him!!
He has little opinion on anything that matters to the electorate or the residents he represents!!
Biggles Baker ... classic example of the sort of Tory spin we have come to expect from him!! He has little opinion on anything that matters to the electorate or the residents he represents!! townraider
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1:04am Wed 21 Nov 12

Voyeur says...

Fuzzy not Fussy!
Fuzzy not Fussy! Voyeur
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7:05pm Thu 22 Nov 12

DonRockell says...

Two weeks ago my wife broke her hip in a fall. She was asked if she would like to be taken to Stoke as this was the hospital supposedly covering Marlow for A&E. She instead asked to be taken to Wexham Park as its nearer and she could have visitations which she he would not have received at Stoke

When I arrived at the hospital and gave my details the responds was almost laughable when I was told that the hospital was receiving a massive increase in it use by Wycombe area patents ranging from Stokenchurch to Beaconsfield

The staff at We ham told me that they had seen an almost 30% increase in their turnover following the closure of Wycombe and both the MPs covering Wycombe & Marlow shrug it off as being only a minor problem

Well all I can say is I hope one of them doesn't have the need to use Wycombe A&E in a hurry and Wexham needs bulldozing and a complete rebuild
Two weeks ago my wife broke her hip in a fall. She was asked if she would like to be taken to Stoke as this was the hospital supposedly covering Marlow for A&E. She instead asked to be taken to Wexham Park as its nearer and she could have visitations which she he would not have received at Stoke When I arrived at the hospital and gave my details the responds was almost laughable when I was told that the hospital was receiving a massive increase in it use by Wycombe area patents ranging from Stokenchurch to Beaconsfield The staff at We ham told me that they had seen an almost 30% increase in their turnover following the closure of Wycombe and both the MPs covering Wycombe & Marlow shrug it off as being only a minor problem Well all I can say is I hope one of them doesn't have the need to use Wycombe A&E in a hurry and Wexham needs bulldozing and a complete rebuild DonRockell
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