Hospital is an exceptional case and needs investment, says MP

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An MP has told Parliament Kettering hospital cannot cope with demand for its accident and emergency department.

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford was speaking at a special Westminster Hall debate on the hospital yesterday (Wednesday, June 27).

Mr Sawford has argued Kettering hospital’s A&E department needs more investment in order to combat increased waiting times and provide a better quality of care to the 80,000 who need treatment there each year.

On two occasions this year the hospital has been forced to urge people to stay away from accident and emergency because it was so full.

“There are very serious issues at Kettering A&E,” Mr Sawford said. “This is a very worrying time. The hospital simply cannot cope with demand; we have rising demand, and an ageing and growing population.”

He said there were 262 people who had to wait for more than four hours at the department in April 2012 – a figure which rocketed to more than 1,500 in April this year.

Mr Sawford added: “I want to hear from the minister (Anna Soubry) an understanding of the pressures facing us in Kettering General Hospital’s accident and emergency, and support for initiatives that the local chair, chief executive, trust and staff are taking and which we are trying to support.

“We want to support this incredibly important hospital. We also want a commitment to capital improvements in accident and emergency.

“I draw her attention to the exceptional case for investment in Kettering General Hospital, because of the growth in population locally. Corby has the highest birth rate in the country, it is the fastest growing town in the country, and the Northamptonshire area is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, so this is an exceptional case.”