MPs meet new KGH chief executive

David Sissling has met the area's three MPs
David Sissling has met the area's three MPs

The area’s three MPs have said a meeting with Kettering General Hospital’s new chief executive last week went well.

David Sissling took over at the hospital at the beginning of the month, replacing Lorene Read, who stepped down last year after the hospital failed to turn around persistent delays in its accident and emergency department.

Mr Sissling, the former chief executive of NHS Wales, met MPs Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone and Andy Sawford on Friday last week.

The trio, who launched a cross-party campaign to save and improve services at the hospital in January 2013, said Mr Sissling had made clear his commitment to driving further improvements.

Mr Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, said he believed Mr Sissling was “very committed to making this a successful district general hospital”.

The three MPs earlier this year met with the Department of Health to demand £20m of funding for improvements at Kettering General Hospital, as well as for urgent care centres in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough.

Mr Sawford added: “He was of the view that performances starting to improve was a good thing for the funding.

“The Government and Monitor want to be confident that the hospital has a good long-term future.”

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone said he believed Mr Sissling and hospital chairman Graham Foster – who took over in the role in September – were “totally committed” to the hospital.

He added: “All three MPs are working together to promote Kettering hospital and attract extra investment into it.

“The hospital is hitting A&E waiting time targets, and has been doing so more or less continuously since January.

“The bad news is that its finances still need to be sorted out, and to do that the hospital is drawing up a five-year plan.

“The good news for Northants Telegraph readers is that all three MPs are working together on a non-party-political basis, and that’s what local people want to see.”

Mr Bone said he was pleased with what was contained in the hospital’s five-year plan, specifically the inclusion of the Wellingborough urgent care centre.

He said: “From my point of view I am really pleased the redevelopment of the Isebrook Hospital is in the plan. It’s something I am very keen for my constituents to see.”