Publish figures on community bed use: MPs’ challenge over cuts

An MP has challenged NHS bosses over controversial hospital bed cuts – saying she wants answers on how many people use them. Harriett Baldwin is calling for the publication of figures on the number of patients going into Worcestershire’s small community hospitals before the axe falls.

The Conservative has also revealed how health trust officials have considered “mothballing” beds during private meetings with her, which led to the MP fiercely resisting it.

As the Worcester News first revealed in November the beds across five mini hospitals in Malvern, Pershore, Evesham, Tenbury and Bromsgrove face a shock 44 per cent reduction.

Full story in Worcester News 3 January 2017