MP to raise concerns over hospital’s A&E

MP Andy Sawford (right) is using the debate to speak about the accident and emergency department at Kettering hospital

MP Andy Sawford (right) is using the debate to speak about the accident and emergency department at Kettering hospital

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An MP will use a special debate in Parliament on Wednesday (June 26) to highlight problems with the accident and emergency department at Kettering hospital.

Andy Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, has secured a Westminster Hall debate, where he will put a series of concerns to health minister Anna Soubry.

Mr Sawford will ask why increasing numbers are ending up at accident and emergency, suggesting teething problems with the new 111 service and the high population growth rate in the north of the county have both played a significant role.

He will also push for a date to be set for Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to meet him, Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone.

All three Northamptonshire MPs want to see increased investment in the hospital to help ease pressure on the accident and emergency department. Last year, 80,000 people attended A&E in Kettering, compared to just 40,000 in 1992, while more than 95 per cent of beds at the hospital are full at any one time.

“I will be talking about my concerns with current waiting times in accident and emergency,” Mr Sawford added. “The hospital has not been meeting national targets.

“There are also some very specific issues about some of the treatment people have had which have been raised by the Care Quality Commission.”

Mr Sawford also says he wants clarification about where Kettering hospital stands with regard to the Healthier Together review, which campaigners fear will lead to the downgrading of services there. He added: “My hope is we have moved on from that.”