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Scarborough Has "Inferior Healthcare Services" Says MP

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Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 11th April 2019.

Filey's MP is demanding answers as to why Scarborough's receiving "inferior healthcare services" compared to York.

Kevin Hollinrake has written a letter to Susan Symington, Chair of the York Teaching NHS Foundation Trust - which runs Scarborough Hospital.

The town recently lost its oncology service - resulting in patients having to travel to York for their appointments.

On his website he wrote:

"I have this week written to the Chair of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to demand explanations as to why residents living in my area and in the neighbouring constituencies of Scarborough and East Yorkshire are receiving inferior healthcare services compared to people living in and around York. This is despite the fact that there are more people living in rural areas and smaller urban settlements than there are in the whole of York.

Since York Trust took over the responsibility for health care services on the East Coast, there has been a significant diminution in the provision of services and continuing uncertainty about the future of Scarborough hospital.

The recent decision to centralise the breast oncology outpatient service to York hospital means that the 665 oncology patents who attend Scarborough hospital every year for treatment now have to travel to York.

I have one constituent who is recovering from a bowel cancer operation and who is still unable to sit down, but who nevertheless has to make a 60 minute journey from his home to York for treatment whilst experiencing excruciating pain.

The centralization of the oncology service follows the closure of the pain clinic, dermatology, the eye clinic and physiotherapy in Scarborough. I have asked Mrs Symington to provide details of current services provided at Malton, Scarborough, Bridlington and Whitby hospital and those that can be expected to be in place in five years time.

I stressed that the quality of access is a statutory obligation and that it is important that they deliver a system that is fair to all, even if delivery is more expensive in places such as Ryedale or Scarborough.

I have raised the matter in Parliament this week when I told the House that “these are not cuts, but a contrived centralisation by the Trust in York”.

I am now seeking an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matthew Hancock MP, and a full written response from the York Trust.

Following this, I will continue to work with and campaign alongside Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill to return and retain a full range of services at Scarborough."

To read Kevin Hollinrake's letter to Susan Symington, visit: https://www.kevinhollinrake.org.uk/sites/www.kevinhollinrake.org.uk/files/2019-04/260319%20Susan%20Symington%20York%20Teaching%20Hospital%20NHS%20Foundation%20Trust.pdf

Yesterday, Kevin spoke to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

A spokesperson for York Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"We have an open and positive working relationship with all our local MPs, and we are in contact with Kevin to provide assurances about the work we are undertaking in relation to the East Coast for the benefit of all our patients, including his constituents.

The challenges facing Scarborough Hospital are well documented, including recruitment to some specialties, as well as some of the geographical and demographic pressures.

Alongside other local health and care organisations we are working hard to find ways to make sure people on the East Coast can continue to have access to safe, sustainable services."

To read the trust's response to Kevin Hollinrake, visit: https://www.kevinhollinrake.org.uk/sites/www.kevinhollinrake.org.uk/files/2019-04/090419%20Sue%20Symington%20York%20Teaching%20Hospital%20NHS%20Foundation%20Trust%20-%20Scarborough%20Hospital.pdf

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zara, on 11th April 2019 9:33am
Obviously they are not working hard enough! If patients have to travel to York usually not very well why cannot the specialists that they cannot recruit here travel over a couple of days a week?

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