One of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on the doorstep, in my inbox and at my surgeries is their fear about the crisis engulfing our NHS. A funding crisis that threatens our most precious public service and threatens the health of our nation.
In recent days I have been made aware that despite the massive financial pressures on the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, it is facing a ten million pounds bill in fines from the local CCG. I have written to the accountable officer of the CCG Marcus Warnes to urge him to use the powers available to him to reduce the level of fines and not further compound the financial headaches facing the Trust.
Instead of making an already difficult situation worse the CCG should be working with the Trust to ensure patient care is maintained and improved on. That is the job that local people expect, not to be levying fines at time when the Trust is suffering from reduced income because of cancelled operations.
I've written to the Secretary of State for Health asking him to intervene as a matter of urgency as I believe actions like this highlight the CCG to be not fit for purpose.