Council advises Secretary of State for Health of SaTH no confidence motion

Telford & Wrekin Council has written to the Secretary of State for Health to advise him of the motion of no confidence in the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital management board that was passed by Full Council.

Council advises Secretary of State for Health of SaTH no confidence motion

The letter to Jeremy Hunt is signed by Councillor Shaun Davies, the leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, deputy leader Councillor Richard Overton and Councillor Arnold England, cabinet member for Communities, Health and Well-being.

It informs Mr Hunt of the motion that Council passed last Thursday and asks him to immediately intervene as it claims that local health services are now as “crisis point.”

The letter adds: “We heard from the Trust at Full Council about the fragility of the A&E services and given the current use of locums and their short notice period – the tipping point the trust describe could be reached with very little notice.

“We are increasingly worried about the continuing disarray in Shropshire’s local NHS and which you referred to as local incompetence when we met with you in January.

“The hospital clearly has major issues recruiting and retaining staff in a number of service areas and residents are confidentially describing to me more and more their concerns about our hospitals.

“The Council has no confidence in the management of the Trust and we urge you once again to step in to ensure the proper management of these hospitals for the sake of the clinical teams who work so hard for our communities.”