MP: 'Wycombe Hospital could become centre of local health economy'

MP: 'Wycombe Hospital could become centre of local health economy'

MP: 'Wycombe Hospital could become centre of local health economy'

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WYCOMBE Hospital could become the “centre of the local health economy” under early proposals to shake-up the town’s health services.

MP Steve Baker plans to commission a study to look into the plans put forward by Durrow to bring key health services under one roof.

Residents could visit their GP at Wycombe Hospital and the ambulance service could be relocated to Queen Alexandra Road, under some of the ideas floated by the health consultancy firm.

Mr Baker told the Free Press: “There are over 20 hospitals across the country like Wycombe, which serve a large enough population to have an A&E but are too small to retain it under the changes to medical practices over many years.

“The Durrow plan applies to these smaller hospitals – it purposes to make these smaller hospitals the centre of the local health economy to give you that 24/7 care for undifferentiated emergency patients, that is whoever turns up.

“We could get together GPs, the ambulance service, put in additional diagnostic equipment and make it the centre piece.”

Mr Baker said he had met with Health Secretary MP Jeremy Hunt and received clearance from IPSA to use his parliamentary allowance to launch the study.

He was also keen to point out the hospital proposals were just that at this stage, and appealed to residents and politicians to take them seriously.

Mr Baker added: “Once I have the report which will explain how it all would work, and the pros and cons of it, I will share it with the public.

“But there are two risks with that – the first is that people could think this is a decision which has already been taken, which is not true.

“The decision makers are within the NHS, that’s the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. It will be a proposal for discussion and I would be looking for support for it.

“The second is that whatever I do people will attack it. I am well aware that we are going into an election but the NHS should not be used as a political football. We have to do what is best for the public.”

Mr Baker said the NHS needed to ‘stop talking to itself and listen to the public’, who want Accident and Emergency and 24/7 health care available to them.

He added: “I came into politics to do it right. If bringing A&E back to Wycombe Hospital was easy I would have already done it by now.

“Any politician who guarantees the public that they will bring back A&E to Wycombe is either a fool or a liar.

"To solve the problem in Wycombe we have to solve the problem of the NHS everywhere in England, which is something I am working on.”

Wycombe Hospital's A&E centre closed in 2005, before Emergency Care was closed in 2012 and was replaced by a 24/7 Minor Injuries and Illness Unit following a Free Press campaign.

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9:16am Wed 14 May 14

A VOTER says...

Mr Baker, as an elected politician & Conservative MP, you have more power than any of us to make changes. The problem is, that your party, and most of the other parties, are not listening to the wants and needs of the voters.

The issue of A&E within High Wycombe is far more than just a local population desire. It's LIFE AND DEATH.

Why can't the political elite can't understand that?

BRING A&E BACK TO HIGH WYCOMBE!
Mr Baker, as an elected politician & Conservative MP, you have more power than any of us to make changes. The problem is, that your party, and most of the other parties, are not listening to the wants and needs of the voters. The issue of A&E within High Wycombe is far more than just a local population desire. [bold] It's LIFE AND DEATH.[/bold] Why can't the political elite can't understand that? [bold] BRING A&E BACK TO HIGH WYCOMBE! [/bold] A VOTER
  • Score: 51

9:16am Wed 14 May 14

QualityCare4all says...

Mr Baker seems to contradict himself. On one hand he says listen to the public (who want a traditional A&E Dept.) while saying that High Wycombe is too small to have an A&E Dept..
THE BFP suggests that A&E closed in 2012 when in fact it closed in 2005. The Emergency Medical Centre closed in 2012. Get your facts right!
If Mr Baker wants to change the way health services are provided he need to work with the population of High Wycombe and Buckinghamshire from the beginning, not afterwards. He needs to learn about co-production and co-design which is the accpted way to improve services in the NHS.
Mr Baker seems to contradict himself. On one hand he says listen to the public (who want a traditional A&E Dept.) while saying that High Wycombe is too small to have an A&E Dept.. THE BFP suggests that A&E closed in 2012 when in fact it closed in 2005. The Emergency Medical Centre closed in 2012. Get your facts right! If Mr Baker wants to change the way health services are provided he need to work with the population of High Wycombe and Buckinghamshire from the beginning, not afterwards. He needs to learn about co-production and co-design which is the accpted way to improve services in the NHS. QualityCare4all
  • Score: 24

9:53am Wed 14 May 14

geoffW says...

I could commission a study (pay money to an outside organisation) into who would be a better Tory MP than Mr Baker and then present it to the local Tory party and "ask for their support".

It doesn't mean that the outside agency's proposals would be any good (after all they have their own nest to feather) and it doesn't mean that the local Tories would accept the report, support me or doing anything about it at all.

However, I would be able to claim that I was trying to do something. Which is precisely what Mr Baker is doing. He is trying to been seen to be doing something. The outcome is irrelevant to him, it is just the perception of his actions that he is concerned with.
I could commission a study (pay money to an outside organisation) into who would be a better Tory MP than Mr Baker and then present it to the local Tory party and "ask for their support". It doesn't mean that the outside agency's proposals would be any good (after all they have their own nest to feather) and it doesn't mean that the local Tories would accept the report, support me or doing anything about it at all. However, I would be able to claim that I was trying to do something. Which is precisely what Mr Baker is doing. He is trying to been seen to be doing something. The outcome is irrelevant to him, it is just the perception of his actions that he is concerned with. geoffW
  • Score: 19

10:18am Wed 14 May 14

I know who I am says...

Is this another empty threat to gain votes because no one is listening just like the powers that be don't listen to us

JUST BRING BACK OUR HOSPITAL WITH THE A&E DEPARTMENT
Is this another empty threat to gain votes because no one is listening just like the powers that be don't listen to us JUST BRING BACK OUR HOSPITAL WITH THE A&E DEPARTMENT I know who I am
  • Score: 29

10:28am Wed 14 May 14

Redtop says...

Baker is a Tory. The Tories are committed to the privatisation of the NHS. That is his and his party's aim: the removal of universal heath care for all to be replaced by private insurance run by insurance companies which means the rich get the best care and everyone else can go hang. We need to fight back and get our services back and say no to privatisation of OUR NHS.
Baker is a Tory. The Tories are committed to the privatisation of the NHS. That is his and his party's aim: the removal of universal heath care for all to be replaced by private insurance run by insurance companies which means the rich get the best care and everyone else can go hang. We need to fight back and get our services back and say no to privatisation of OUR NHS. Redtop
  • Score: 22

10:30am Wed 14 May 14

erm says...

"Residents could visit their GP at Wycombe Hospital "

When he says residents, does he mean all of the wycombe area or just people who live in Wycombe town centre?

Bring back our A&E, we have a huge and growing population that NEEDS it!
"Residents could visit their GP at Wycombe Hospital " When he says residents, does he mean all of the wycombe area or just people who live in Wycombe town centre? Bring back our A&E, we have a huge and growing population that NEEDS it! erm
  • Score: 24

10:55am Wed 14 May 14

A VOTER says...

Redtop wrote:
Baker is a Tory. The Tories are committed to the privatisation of the NHS. That is his and his party's aim: the removal of universal heath care for all to be replaced by private insurance run by insurance companies which means the rich get the best care and everyone else can go hang. We need to fight back and get our services back and say no to privatisation of OUR NHS.
The NHS is paid for by every person in work.
We, the British voters and taxpayers that have paid for the NHS all our working lives. In addition to income tax that we all pay, there's that little thing called National Insurance (NI) 'contributions' that is taken from our pay packets every month. Currently the NI rate is 12% for employees, and 13.8% for the employer - So effectively, for every £1,000 we earn per year (Above the threshold limit of £158 per week), we give the government £120, and our employers give the government £138. Total = £258.
Average UK salary is £26,500. For this average, the government takes £6,837 per working person, per year. This is regardless of whether we use the NHS or not. And this does not include the much higher standard income tax that most have to pay.

WE HAVE PAID FOR THE NHS - NOW WE WANT TO KEEP IT{/bold]
[quote][p][bold]Redtop[/bold] wrote: Baker is a Tory. The Tories are committed to the privatisation of the NHS. That is his and his party's aim: the removal of universal heath care for all to be replaced by private insurance run by insurance companies which means the rich get the best care and everyone else can go hang. We need to fight back and get our services back and say no to privatisation of OUR NHS.[/p][/quote]The NHS is paid for by every person in work. We, the British voters and taxpayers that have paid for the NHS all our working lives. In addition to income tax that we all pay, there's that little thing called [bold] National Insurance (NI) 'contributions' [/bold] that is taken from our pay packets every month. Currently the NI rate is 12% for employees, and 13.8% for the employer - So effectively, for every £1,000 we earn per year (Above the threshold limit of £158 per week), we give the government £120, and our employers give the government £138. Total = £258. Average UK salary is £26,500. For this average, the government takes £6,837 per working person, per year. This is regardless of whether we use the NHS or not. And this does not include the much higher standard income tax that most have to pay. [bold] WE HAVE PAID FOR THE NHS - NOW WE WANT TO KEEP IT{/bold] A VOTER
  • Score: 24

11:48am Wed 14 May 14

Robert.M says...

Yet another vote grabbing headline from a career politician whose ego is so over inflated that he cannot see the wood for the tree`s.
Wycombe is growing in population daily, and YOU Mr Baker allowed your boss Cameron and your cohorts to close our A&E, now with an election coming up your just trying to win back voters, you have proved beyond doubt that you have no idea about Wycombe and its needs, all you have ever done is to promote your blind ambition and ego, what you are now trying to do is close the stable door after the horse has bolted, why did you not do something when you could have to save our A&E.
I hope the people of Wycombe finally realise what you are and give their vote elsewhere to someone who cares about this town and NOT his career
Yet another vote grabbing headline from a career politician whose ego is so over inflated that he cannot see the wood for the tree`s. Wycombe is growing in population daily, and YOU Mr Baker allowed your boss Cameron and your cohorts to close our A&E, now with an election coming up your just trying to win back voters, you have proved beyond doubt that you have no idea about Wycombe and its needs, all you have ever done is to promote your blind ambition and ego, what you are now trying to do is close the stable door after the horse has bolted, why did you not do something when you could have to save our A&E. I hope the people of Wycombe finally realise what you are and give their vote elsewhere to someone who cares about this town and NOT his career Robert.M
  • Score: 17

12:35pm Wed 14 May 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

Lies, lies and yet more deceitful lies. This vile liar is wasting the taxpayers' money ("HIS parliamentary allowance") on consulting his cronies from Durrow to soften the Wycombe hospital up yet again for even more privatisation or better close it down al together. Jeremy Hunt put it into special measures and after Steve having yet more conversations with him have now decided to close it. Steve has already guaranteed that A&E will never be back at High Wycombe so nobody should be in any doubt that this is another ply to sack more nurses, close more departments and fill up their and their crony's pockets.
Lies, lies and yet more deceitful lies. This vile liar is wasting the taxpayers' money ("HIS parliamentary allowance") on consulting his cronies from Durrow to soften the Wycombe hospital up yet again for even more privatisation or better close it down al together. Jeremy Hunt put it into special measures and after Steve having yet more conversations with him have now decided to close it. Steve has already guaranteed that A&E will never be back at High Wycombe so nobody should be in any doubt that this is another ply to sack more nurses, close more departments and fill up their and their crony's pockets. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 16

2:54pm Wed 14 May 14

A VOTER says...

To the best of my knowledge, whilst in power, Steve Baker MP has achieved absolutely nothing of benefit for the people of High Wycombe.

Would anyone care to correct me?
To the best of my knowledge, whilst in power, Steve Baker MP has achieved absolutely nothing of benefit for the people of High Wycombe. Would anyone care to correct me? A VOTER
  • Score: 25

3:30pm Wed 14 May 14

Scarletto says...

This hospital needs to be central hospital including an A&E dept!
This hospital needs to be central hospital including an A&E dept! Scarletto
  • Score: 16

4:00pm Wed 14 May 14

totteridge resident says...

Robert.M wrote:
Yet another vote grabbing headline from a career politician whose ego is so over inflated that he cannot see the wood for the tree`s.
Wycombe is growing in population daily, and YOU Mr Baker allowed your boss Cameron and your cohorts to close our A&E, now with an election coming up your just trying to win back voters, you have proved beyond doubt that you have no idea about Wycombe and its needs, all you have ever done is to promote your blind ambition and ego, what you are now trying to do is close the stable door after the horse has bolted, why did you not do something when you could have to save our A&E.
I hope the people of Wycombe finally realise what you are and give their vote elsewhere to someone who cares about this town and NOT his career
If you read the article, you would have seen that the A&E at Wycombe Hospital closed in 2005. There was a Labour Government at this time. The closure was nothing to do with Mr Cameron. Mr Baker was not in Parliament at this time so could not have done anything to stop the closure. Unlike you, he is putting forward positive suggestions.
[quote][p][bold]Robert.M[/bold] wrote: Yet another vote grabbing headline from a career politician whose ego is so over inflated that he cannot see the wood for the tree`s. Wycombe is growing in population daily, and YOU Mr Baker allowed your boss Cameron and your cohorts to close our A&E, now with an election coming up your just trying to win back voters, you have proved beyond doubt that you have no idea about Wycombe and its needs, all you have ever done is to promote your blind ambition and ego, what you are now trying to do is close the stable door after the horse has bolted, why did you not do something when you could have to save our A&E. I hope the people of Wycombe finally realise what you are and give their vote elsewhere to someone who cares about this town and NOT his career[/p][/quote]If you read the article, you would have seen that the A&E at Wycombe Hospital closed in 2005. There was a Labour Government at this time. The closure was nothing to do with Mr Cameron. Mr Baker was not in Parliament at this time so could not have done anything to stop the closure. Unlike you, he is putting forward positive suggestions. totteridge resident
  • Score: -15

4:24pm Wed 14 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please.
Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 6

8:07am Thu 15 May 14

Robert.M says...

Darren Hayday wrote:
Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please.
More to the point Darren BRING BACK OUR A&E PLEASE.
[quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please.[/p][/quote]More to the point Darren BRING BACK OUR A&E PLEASE. Robert.M
  • Score: 14

9:43am Thu 15 May 14

Darren Hayday says...

Robert.M wrote:
Darren Hayday wrote:
Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please.
More to the point Darren BRING BACK OUR A&E PLEASE.
Very true. I for one am angry that we have been robbed of our hospital services. We hear that it’s because of working time directives from the EU (well then lets got out of the EU if they are too blame!), that the last Labour Government took it way - well we've had a new Government since then - and they aren’t in a hurry to restore it.

In fact they seem to do everything to take away our NHS full stop.
No-one in power is listening to us, we keep getting palmed off all the time - ironic that when I asked Steve to link up with my petition and the 6K that have signed up to it - he told me to 'hop off', now that it’s coming up for the elections next year - that he wants to be seen to be a champion of the people.

We want our A&E back NOW please - anyone in power that actually cares, anymore.

I honestly think that people will look back to this period as a shameful time when we the people were driven back to the dark ages by incompetence of those political elite, only looking out for themselves and their buddies. I've noticed that the press are now calling it the 'Great Recession', funnily that the Government wanted it first to be called something soft and cuddly like the 'credit crunch'. It doesn’t seem to matter which bunch of jokers are in power - we in Wycombe are still without an A&E, maternity unit and if the Tories get their own way, they would sell off the hospital and we would have a housing estate in its place.
[quote][p][bold]Robert.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darren Hayday[/bold] wrote: Well, well, well.... it seems that Mr Baker our much loved MP for Wycombe is looking for a campaign issue - to tick the box that he's doing something for the town over the last 3-4yrs since first elected.. Too little too late comes to mind. But good luck to doing anything more that you currently do sir. Bring back Paul Goodman - please.[/p][/quote]More to the point Darren BRING BACK OUR A&E PLEASE.[/p][/quote]Very true. I for one am angry that we have been robbed of our hospital services. We hear that it’s because of working time directives from the EU (well then lets got out of the EU if they are too blame!), that the last Labour Government took it way - well we've had a new Government since then - and they aren’t in a hurry to restore it. In fact they seem to do everything to take away our NHS full stop. No-one in power is listening to us, we keep getting palmed off all the time - ironic that when I asked Steve to link up with my petition and the 6K that have signed up to it - he told me to 'hop off', now that it’s coming up for the elections next year - that he wants to be seen to be a champion of the people. We want our A&E back NOW please - anyone in power that actually cares, anymore. I honestly think that people will look back to this period as a shameful time when we the people were driven back to the dark ages by incompetence of those political elite, only looking out for themselves and their buddies. I've noticed that the press are now calling it the 'Great Recession', funnily that the Government wanted it first to be called something soft and cuddly like the 'credit crunch'. It doesn’t seem to matter which bunch of jokers are in power - we in Wycombe are still without an A&E, maternity unit and if the Tories get their own way, they would sell off the hospital and we would have a housing estate in its place. Darren Hayday
  • Score: 6

11:27am Thu 15 May 14

Scarletto says...

There's also a persistent rumour that Wyc. Hospital has "concrete sickness" (crumbling concrete with rusting and snapping metal reinforcement inside it) and some floors are not in use!
Hospital now has limited life and so we should brace ourselves for eventual closure. A GP and paramedic mentioned this to me recently.
There's also a persistent rumour that Wyc. Hospital has "concrete sickness" (crumbling concrete with rusting and snapping metal reinforcement inside it) and some floors are not in use! Hospital now has limited life and so we should brace ourselves for eventual closure. A GP and paramedic mentioned this to me recently. Scarletto
  • Score: 1

11:47am Thu 15 May 14

A VOTER says...

Scarletto wrote:
There's also a persistent rumour that Wyc. Hospital has "concrete sickness" (crumbling concrete with rusting and snapping metal reinforcement inside it) and some floors are not in use!
Hospital now has limited life and so we should brace ourselves for eventual closure. A GP and paramedic mentioned this to me recently.
Just rumours or fact?
Is there any evidence to support this claim, or do you have a political agenda on this topic?
[quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: There's also a persistent rumour that Wyc. Hospital has "concrete sickness" (crumbling concrete with rusting and snapping metal reinforcement inside it) and some floors are not in use! Hospital now has limited life and so we should brace ourselves for eventual closure. A GP and paramedic mentioned this to me recently.[/p][/quote]Just rumours or fact? Is there any evidence to support this claim, or do you have a political agenda on this topic? A VOTER
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Thu 15 May 14

pazzenja says...

I have heard today they are doing away with the security guard at nights.....whatever next!!
I have heard today they are doing away with the security guard at nights.....whatever next!! pazzenja
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Sat 17 May 14

Scarletto says...

Darren Hayday, like some Capt. Hook in fear of the crocodile, still thinks I'm Councillor Julia Wassell! (See above). I'm honestly not her folks!
....and I couldn't care tuppence about her except, as he said, she has campaigned about the loss of our precious A&E dept. I've just written at length about the situation following on from this website's report about MP Baker visiting Wexham Park.
Instead of lashing out with mouth frothing at other councillors Our Darren should calm down and get on with being a councillor in a sensible way and concentrate on the hospital and other problems that matter. He sounds like a zealous member of the Headbangers United Party. Is he a closet UKIP supporter? Hope not. He should join one of the three main parties and work sensibly within that - if they'll have him!.
Darren Hayday, like some Capt. Hook in fear of the crocodile, still thinks I'm Councillor Julia Wassell! (See above). I'm honestly not her folks! ....and I couldn't care tuppence about her except, as he said, she has campaigned about the loss of our precious A&E dept. I've just written at length about the situation following on from this website's report about MP Baker visiting Wexham Park. Instead of lashing out with mouth frothing at other councillors Our Darren should calm down and get on with being a councillor in a sensible way and concentrate on the hospital and other problems that matter. He sounds like a zealous member of the Headbangers United Party. Is he a closet UKIP supporter? Hope not. He should join one of the three main parties and work sensibly within that - if they'll have him!. Scarletto
  • Score: 1

6:35pm Mon 19 May 14

Average Bloke says...

Scarletto wrote:
He sounds like a zealous member of the Headbangers United Party. Is he a closet UKIP supporter? Hope not. He should join one of the three main parties and work sensibly within that - if they'll have him!.
I think that UKIP are more likely to care about the people of this town, than any of the traditional parties. In last year's local elections, Wycombe A&E was one of the primary topics for local UKIP candidates. Alas, the Conservatives remain in power and remain as lethargic on this issue as ever - They just don't care. No really... They don't care...
So the moral is, if you keep on voting for the same, you'll keep on getting the same. It makes you wonder what's so popular about the Conservative Party, or Labour come to that. After all, it was Labour that closed our A&E in 2005.

I'm not a closet UKIP supporter.
I'm a full supporter of UKIP.
VOTE UKIP
[quote][bold] Scarletto [/bold] wrote: He sounds like a zealous member of the Headbangers United Party. Is he a closet UKIP supporter? Hope not. He should join one of the three main parties and work sensibly within that - if they'll have him!. [/quote] I think that UKIP are more likely to care about the people of this town, than any of the traditional parties. In last year's local elections, Wycombe A&E was one of the primary topics for local UKIP candidates. Alas, the Conservatives remain in power and remain as lethargic on this issue as ever - They just don't care. No really... They don't care... So the moral is, if you keep on voting for the same, you'll keep on getting the same. It makes you wonder what's so popular about the Conservative Party, or Labour come to that. After all, it was Labour that closed our A&E in 2005. I'm not a closet UKIP supporter. [bold] I'm a full supporter of UKIP. VOTE UKIP [/bold] Average Bloke
  • Score: 1

12:35am Tue 20 May 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

“… whatever I do people will attack it. I am well aware that we are going into an election but the NHS should not be used as a political football. We have to do what is best for the public.”


Hasn’t education in this county been made into a political rather than a social issue - by Steve Baker’s party?

But apart from that I think: ’Yeah making political points is something other parties do - Mr Baker has said before that the facts of life are Conservative so what he and his masters in Whitehall do isn’t really politics - it’s just commonsense.'
[italic] “… whatever I do people will attack it. I am well aware that we are going into an election but the NHS should not be used as a political football. We have to do what is best for the public.” [/italic] Hasn’t education in this county been made into a political rather than a social issue - by Steve Baker’s party? But apart from that I think: ’Yeah making political points is something other parties do - Mr Baker has said before that the facts of life are Conservative so what he and his masters in Whitehall do isn’t really politics - it’s just commonsense.' Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -1

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