First day back in Parliament today and I asked the Health Minister to accelerate the delivery of Ipswich Hospital’s new £25 million A&E Department so it’s there to benefit local people as soon as possible. It’s important we build on the £1.6 million already secured for our A&E to increase capacity ahead of the winter period. Like many I still have a number of questions about the direction of our hospital and the status of the merger after the decision to move elective orthopaedic surgery from Ipswich Hospital to a centre in Colchester. And the new A&E won’t stop these questions being asked.
The delivery of the new A&E is just one of the tangible benefits we need to see at Ipswich Hospital before these concerns can start to be addressed. Glad the Minister has heard this message and I’ll continue to monitor the development of the A&E plans and the merger very closely in Parliament.