Responding to the announcement that NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to suspend changes to the current provision of local paediatric services and, in particular, the children’s hospital at home service, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders said:
“I’m delighted that common sense has prevailed and that this vitally important service will continue to support families through what are often extremely difficult times. I would like to thank all of the concerned parents and families who set out so passionately the reasons why this service is so important.
“However, while this is a welcome announcement, I remain deeply concerned about the financial pressures facing Hospital Trusts around the country and I fear that more decisions like this may be taken in future unless the Government fundamentally changes its approach.
“Despite the rhetoric from the Government, the NHS is facing an unprecedented financial challenge due to a combination of unrealistic efficiency targets and poor leadership from Ministers.”
"I will be seeking clarity as a matter of urgency as to whether this announcement means that the service will be seeking new referrals as certainty is needed on this point"