MP asks for hospital update

Protesters outside September's NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting when the decision was made to close the inpatient beds at Rothbury Hospital.
Protesters outside September's NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting when the decision was made to close the inpatient beds at Rothbury Hospital.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP asked for an update on the call-in of the decision to close Rothbury’s inpatient beds in Parliament last week.

Mrs Trevelyan said: “It was done on the premise of underuse, but local sources continue to indicate that it was due to a shortage of nurses at our excellent Northumbria A&E hospital. Following a passionate campaign led by Katie Scott and the Save Rothbury Community Hospital supporters, Northumberland County Council has referred the decision to the Secretary of State for review. I would be grateful if he could update the House on the timescale for a decision.”

Health Minister Philip Dunne confirmed a request had been received from the council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee, adding: “I understand that officials have reverted to the committee to clarify the terms of the referral. Once that has come through to the Department, I am sure that the review will take place.”