By Connie Osborne Thursday 17 October 2013 Updated: 18/10 07:45
THE FINAL decision about the Alexandra Hospital could be taken out of the hands of county GPs if they fail to reach an agreement.
Health chiefs behind the ongoing countywide review of hospital services have acknowledged the three Clinical Commissioning Groups responsible for buying in services for Worcestershire have differing views on the final outcome which may make it difficult to progress the process.
South Worcestershire CCG has publicly stated they want to see the retention of a Worcestershire hospitals provider while Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG want to explore alternative options for the Alex regardless of who provides services.
Dr Jim Goodman, from Wyre Forest CCG, recently revealed they had let the review slip off their radar as Kidderminster Treatment Centre will be largely unaffected by any changes.
David Williams, performance and delivery director for NHS England in Worcestershire, admitted there was ‘potential’ for the CCGs to disagree and in that case NHS England and the Trust Development Authority would have to decide how to take the review forward.
He added neighbouring CCGs such as South Warwickshire, whose patients in Studley and Alcester would be hit by the loss of A&E and maternity services at the Alex, were also likely to be involved in the process.
“If there are significant flows of patients from other areas that flow through the Alex, it is only fair to ask the CCGs from those areas to be involved,” he said.
“It is about managing the patient voices. Commissioners are fully engaged in the consulting process and it is about us all working together to get to a final view and go forward.”
The two options for the Alex are currently being independently analysed which will take 12 weeks. No announcement is expected until January.
SAVE the Alex Campaigners will be outside Primark in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre tomorrow (Saturday) gathering views on Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG’s prospectus which sets out the group’s intention to keep at least a 14 hour A&E and consultant led maternity service at the Alex.
More than 70 people responded to a similar event outside the Co-op in Studley last week and were joined by district and county councillors for the village Hazel Wright and Clive Rickhards.
Coun Wright said: “A remark constantly being made by Studley residents is ‘How would we get to Worcester?’ The members of the Save the Alex Campaign fully understood why people were saying this. They know transport problems and the difficulty Studley residents would have in accessing services from Warwick or Worcester cannot be ignored.”
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