Health Minister refers Hospital Decision to Panel

Health Minister refers Hospital Decision to Panel

Secretary of State Matt Hancock has formally referred the decision on the future of our hospital services to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).

The Health Secretary today confirmed that he has referred the decision on the future of our hospital services to the IRP asking them to undertake an initial assessment of this case.

Should the IRP advise that a full review is necessary, the Council will have the chance to present their case to them in full.

Matt Hancock has asked the Panel to report to him no later than the end of May and has asked them to let him know if it becomes apparent that this deadline is not achievable and, in such a case, what a more realistic timetable would be.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Chairman of the Telford Conservative Association and Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “I am pleased to see that Telford & Wrekin Council has at last submitted a formal request to the Health Secretary to review of the Future Fit decision, as many residents have contacted me expressing their sincere concern that it has taken a number of weeks for the Council to submit this request since we as Cllrs agreed to submit a formal request on the 18th February. During the Health Secretary’s recent visit to Telford we made a clear case on why it was necessary to review the decision taken by the Joint Committee of Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Groups as there is substantial evidence to support why this decision to site Emergency Care at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital would not be in the interests of the health service in our area.

“In terms of the process, the Secretary of State for Health receives the referral and passes it to IRP (Independent Reconfiguration Panel), which is appointed to review each case and advise the Secretary of State. From speaking with Matt Hancock the Secretary of State on the likelihood of a review, I am pleased to say that the response has been encouraging and I would expect the decision to be in support of a formal review to enable us to secure the health care services that recognises the clinical need in Shropshire”.

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