Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Conservative Parliamentary representatives this week met health chiefs to press for action to restore confidence in local hospitals. The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP; St Albans Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate,Charles Elphicke; and Hemel Hempstead Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Paul Ivey, met hospital trust chairman, Rosie Sanderson, and Chief Executive, Stephen Eames, to discuss problems with emergency services, cleanliness and the recruitment and retention of nursing staff.

    They received assurances from the Trust that the team auditing the probe into deaths following emergency surgery for a broken hip will be independent of the Trust.

    Peter Lilley said: “We pressed for details of actions to be taken before the conclusion of the probe in January. We were told that details of actions to be taken will be released by the Trust shortly.”

    The concerns of the community about cleanliness in local hospitals were also raised. Paul Ivey said: “We were told that ward managers are being given responsibility for ensuring that the cleaning contract is carried out up to standard.”

    The recruitment and retention of nursing staff was also discussed. Charles Elphicke said: “We know how dedicated local hospital staff are. We underlined the importance of retaining staff and restoring morale. We emphasised the need for training opportunities and career progression for hard working staff.”

    The Trust also explained that due to staff shortages they plan to recruit 50 nurses from the Philippines.

    Contact: The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP 0207 219 4577

    Paul Ivey 01234 754 632

    Charles Elphicke 0207 367 2209