Drax Calls For Hospital Audit
7:55am 11th September 2012
South Dorset MP Richard Drax has been fighting for the future of Swanage Community Hospital in the House of Commons.
Mr Drax has called on the Government to carry out on audit before a decision's taken which could see the 15 bed facility close.
The MP fears the hospital's uncertain future is down to the fact GP's in Swanage want to move into new premises, due to the state of their current building.
He's also raised concerns that doctors are cutting referrals to community hospitals to make it look like they're failing.
Speaking during a Commons debate, Drax spoke up strongly in defence of Swanage Community Hospital, currently under threat from new NHS plans.
Warmly commending the "Wonderful, cosy atmosphere," of Swanage hospital, Drax said it "not only facilitates a good service but sends people home feeling better, which is crucial."
The MP said that the hospital, which has 15 inpatient beds, holds outpatient clinics and conducts minor and intermediate surgery in its operating theatre was visited by 21 consultants and a GP every week. It was particularly known for its post acute care for stroke victims before they went home, he said.
"This is not an underused facility," he said. "There is evidence of referrals being suppressed...To claim that such hospitals are underused...is absolutely and categorically wrong."
"We have to consider a more efficient way of providing a service for our patients but closing a much loved and much used cottage hospital in Swanage is not the way forward."
"On behalf of my constituents, the hospital, the league of friends and the matron, Jane Williams, I plead with, beg, ask and demand that the Minister...hold an audit before anything else is done."