Jeremy Hunt apologies to the people of Stoke-on-Trent. But, sorry isn’t good enough.
Nearly a year ago Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to the government regarding their decision to cut community beds. Despite acknowledging this cross-party concern, there has been no satisfactory response from the Secretary of State.
Since then, both myself and Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth have written to the Secretary of State to urge him to act and to investigate this unpopular and unsuccessful decision. But, yet again the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been forgotten by this government.
The Secretary of State may have apologised this afternoon, but he needs to offer more than words to regain our trust on his handling of our beloved NHS.