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Preston MP calls on the government to intervene in Chorley A&E crisis

The Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called on the government to intervene in the closure of Chorley's Accident and Emergency department.

Chorley A&E closed in April due to a lack of doctors. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust says it won't re-open until April 2017 as it would be unsafe to do otherwise without the correct number of staff.

The latest figures from the North West Ambulance Service show the number of patients waiting over an hour to be handed over from an ambulance to hospital staff at the Royal Preston trebled in May from 43 to 141, the month after Chorley's closure. The number waiting over 30 minutes went from 166 to 313.

The Trust says Chorley is not the main factor for the increase. Year-on-year there are 40 more patients attending the Royal Preston each day, 13 of those are from the Chorley area. The Trust instead says it is facing greater demand from the local population, an issue facing hospitals across the UK.

Mark Hendrick says the government needs to 'get a grip' of Chorley's staffing problem, as well as the wider 'national problem'.

Watch: Lancashire Hospital Teaching Trust crisis deepens

New figures reveal that in the month after the closure of Chorley A&E, the number of people kept waiting in ambulances outside the Royal Preston Hospital trebled.

The MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy says her local emergency unit is also under significant pressure.

But Lancashire Hospital Teaching Trust maintains the closure of Chorley is not to blame. ITV Granada's Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt has more:


Watch: Report on hospital trust's 'inadequate' ratings

Two of the region's hospitals have been called unsafe, understaffed and poorly led. NorthManchester General and the Royal Oldham Hospital were inspected over nine days,back in February.

The result is a rating ofinadequate - the lowest of all - from health watchdogs.

The Care QualityCommission also raised concerns about the overall trust that runs thehospitals, but they did find that staff were caring. Since then, hospitalbosses say huge improvements have been made and patients need not worry.

Rob Smith has this report.


CQC says Stepping Hill Hospital needs improvement

Stepping Hill Hospital needs improvement according to a new assessment by the health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission says that the hospital and the Shire Hill and Devonshire Unit requires improvement in areas of safety and responsiveness in some areas.

Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport Credit: Press Association

Though Stockport NHS Foundation Trust which runs them is recognised as providing effective, caring and well led services.

On the whole we saw staff treating patients in a compassionate and sensitive way, and patients and relatives were generally content with the care they received. We also identified some outstanding practice particularly within the trust's neonatal and paediatric services.

However, there have been longstanding issues with the urgent and emergency services provided at Stepping Hill Hospital, and the trust must improve this as a priority. I am concerned about the, long patient waits in A & E and the impact of bed capacity on patient experience.

Staffing levels and skill mix must be reviewed continuously to respond to the changing needs of people using the service. More focused work is required to ensure that patients are seen and treated promptly. We will be monitoring the trust's progress in respect of these important issues closely.

– Ellen Armistead, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals at CQC
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