City MPs: ‘We are confident the future will be bright for Milton Keynes Hospital’

Iain Stewart MP, health secretary Jeremy Hunt and Mark Lancaster MP
Iain Stewart MP, health secretary Jeremy Hunt and Mark Lancaster MP

City MPs say the “future will be bright” for Milton Keynes Hospital after a report by England’s Chief of Hospitals found it “requires improvement”.

Mark Lancaster MP and Iain Stewart MP say the findings of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows the hospital has already addressed concerns.

In a joint statement, they said: “We are both encouraged with the findings of the CQC report.

“It highlights the significant improvements being made at the Hospital and we both congratulate all the staff for the great work they are doing.”

Between October 22-23, England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, reviewed eight large clinical speciality areas: urgent care; medical care; surgery; critical care; maternity and gynaecology; end of life care; children and young people’s services; and outpatients and diagnostics.

MK hospital is one of the few in the UK to be rated ‘outstanding’ for surgical leadership and in addition to this positive announcement the hospital scored ‘good’ on six out of the eight areas.

Last month city MPs announced a major expansion of Milton Keynes Hospital could be on the horizon with a £178million bid to secure its future for the next 20 years.

The news followed the Citizen’s two-year campaign for a new city A&E. It will pay for a brand new ward block, new outpatient facilities, a multi-storey car park and a ‘common front door’ for the Urgent Care Centre and A&E to sit side by side.

The MPs added: “We note the recommendations for further improvements to the A&E which is why we are continuing to back the hospital in its bid for a £178million expansion to provide sufficient healthcare services for the people of Milton Keynes.

“The hospital is consistently moving in the right direction and if we continue with the current strategy, we are confident the future will be bright for Milton Keynes Hospital.”