POLITICIANS have reacted to the Keogh Report which is critical of Basildon and Thurrock hospital.
Prospective Labour candidate for Thurrock, Polly Billington said:
“The contents of the Keogh Report are very worrying for people who rely on Basildon hospital. Despite warnings, the situation has got worse over the last couple of years, including staffing levels, with 345 nurses cut.
“The report outlines what needs to be done immediately to improve the care patients recieve. The decision to recruit 200 nursing staff is a step in the right direction. Behind every statistic is a real family mourning the death of a loved one, which is why battles over statistics in these situations are so unseemly.
“What everyone, including staff and patients, need is confidence in the hospital and the care it offers. But we can only build confidence based on actual improvements, which must be the outcome of the decision to put the hospital into special measures.
Prospective candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike le-Surf said: “It is very concerning that Basildon Hospital has been placed in special measures under this Conservative government.
“The party political point scoring by local Tory MP Stephen Metcalfe in calling for the resignation of the shadow health secretary was very disappointing especially as Mr. Metcalfe supported his own government’s extensive and costly re-organisation of the NHS which has led to falling frontline staff levels and falling morale.
“We know staffing levels are dangerously low as Basildon are advertising for 200 nurses this week. A&E is also in crisis and we now need to focus on improving services for all our residents in South Basildon and East Thurrock. The Keogh Report is clear in its findings and we need to put patient care first.”