Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for action plan after Russells Hall report

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called for an action plan for Russells Hall after the publication of a report into high mortality rates at the hospital.  

The report identified a number of current issues with the hospital and Austin says he is alarmed by what they reveal about staffing levels and the pressure on A&E.

It found that the hospital’s A&E department had been subject to “consistently high activity levels in recent months” and had “challenges with meeting A&E waiting time targets.”

It also found “inadequate qualified nurse staffing levels” on some wards, including two of the hospital’s largest, that would have to be reviewed.

Austin has called on the hospital to draw up an action plan to ensure that these issues are addressed. He says that the Government’s NHS reforms are the root of the problems and has demanded that Government Ministers set out what they will do to put it right.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Like anyone else who lives in Dudley and uses Russells Hall, I’m very worried about these findings.

“I worked with constituents, met Bruce Keogh to provide detailed accounts of the treatment they and their families had received and I asked his team to meet local people and listen to them directly.

“The last government built a brand new £300 million hospital with more doctors and nurses treating more patients more quickly than ever before. It’s really important every single one them gets the best possible care and I want to see the hospital set out an action plan and the government provide the resources needed to sort these problems out.

“But this report lists problems facing Russells Hall now. People are waiting longer for A&E than in 2010, infection rates have increased and staff morale is lower and the hospital’s had to spend £20 million which could have been used to employ nurses and improve care on the government’s reorganisation.”

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