Rugby MP prompts treasury to look into St Cross Hospital contracts

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RUGBY MP Mark Pawsey spoke in Parliament about the closure of Birch Ward at the Hospital of St Cross in Parliament last week.

He expressed his disappointment at the decision to close the 22-bed ward and has called on the University Hospitals Trust to ensure that the closure is temporary.

Speaking after raising the issue with the Leader of the Commons Sir George Young, Mr Pawsey said: “There is obviously concern in the town over the intention to close Birch Ward later this month. The hospital trust has taken this decision to save money as they battle to pay Labour’s legacy of costly repayments under the private finance initiative.

“There is a Government review of NHS PFI schemes taking place which has so far resulted in savings for hospital trusts across the country.”

He added: “We need an urgent review of the PFI contracts attached to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Trust in order to get to the bottom of this and ensure that no more services are cut here in Rugby. We also need to ensure that the closure of Birch Ward is temporary and I will do all I can to make sure that is the case.”

Responding to the MP’s question, Sir George promised to ask the Treasury to look into the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Trust PFI contracts to see whether they were due to be reviewed.

Birch Ward will close at the end of the month.

No job cuts have been made.