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Bill Cash MP gets Shadow Front Bench to put down Early Day Motion for an independent inquiry on Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust

Press release 16/06/2009

Bill Cash MP drafted an Early Day Motion (1667) calling for an independent inquiry, which appears in the name of the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley. It has been signed by 122 MPs to date. It is identical to the previous Early Day Motion on this issue, except that this one calls on the new Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP to initiate an independent inquiry.

The Early Day Motion (EDM) reads as follows: 
That this House notes the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Health; and calls on him to initiate an independent inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the failings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Bill Cash MP debates issues over Stafford Hospital A&E in Westminster Hall debate

Press Release 20/12/2011

In a debate today in Westminster Hall, Bill Cash endorsed the arguments of Jeremy Lefroy (Member for Stafford) setting out why it is important for Stafford Hospital to return to full time working in A&E.
Lefroy set out the importance of travel to other hospitals from Stafford – UHNS in Stoke is 19 miles from Stafford, New Cross in Wolverhampton is 18 miles, Manor in Walsall is 19 miles away while Burton is 27 miles distant.
Cash added in the debate that it was vital for the hospital A&E to return to full time working order including the fact that deeper rural areas in Staffordshire don’t have immediate travel access to other local hospitals.

Bill Cash MP calls on Government for a full independent inquiry on Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust so bereaved can make greater contribution than “tell their stories”

 Press release 16/12/09

Bill Cash had written to Health Minister, Mike O’Brien MP, on 3rd December putting forward concerns raised by the Cure the NHS campaign group relating to Dr. Robson’s independent casenote reviews, asserting that the situation “is very serious” and urged the Minister to push for a full and independent inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005.
Mike O’Brien replied, insisting that the current inquiry “is providing the opportunity for patients, families and staff to tell their stories.” His letter stated:
"I am pleased that the Inquiry we announced in July is providing the opportunity for patients, families and staff to tell their stories and I look forward to the conclusions of Robert Francis, which will mark a further step in learning the lessons of this distressing episode. I have repeated several times that if there is a need for a public inquiry with its powers of compulsion of witnesses, Ministers will consider any request from Robert Francis."
Mr. Cash said, “Although it is certainly the case that those who have suffered, or bereaving and who have lost loved ones do have the opportunity to tell their stories in this setting, we ought to be doing more than that. The hospital ought to be learning real and practical lessons otherwise it is not a real inquiry. Proper lessons are not going to be learned because we need an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005, under which we can learn of greater and systemic failures and how they can be fixed for the long term.”

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