As you know from previous posts I’ve been very active on raising my constituents concerns on the move of elective element of Orthopaedic surgery from Ipswich to Colchester, which culminated in my own special debate in Parliament in 2020.
Today I sought an update, asking the Minster for Health and Social Care how we are going to ensure the best quality services for Ipswich patients.
The new centre in Colchester looks to improve capacity which could cut waiting lists, which I welcome – especially since we are seeing about 2 million more patients on waiting lists nationally due to the pandemic. However, I do still have concerns about the logistics of how some Ipswich patients will get from A to B for surgery.
This is while the pre and post surgery appointments happen in Ipswich, along with emergency surgery. These questions need to be addressed ahead of the centre opening in 2023, and I will be meeting the Minister to discuss this further.
I am pleased about the progress on the new A and E department in Ipswich hospital which could hopefully cut waiting lists too.