High Peak MP’s concern over job cuts at Stepping Hill Hospital

Stepping Hill Hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has expressed concern over yesterday’s shock announcement that Stepping Hill Hospital is to cut hundreds of jobs.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill, revealed on Thursday that it was to cut 350 jobs and close a ward as it looks to make financial savings.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham.

The trust is to invite staff to take voluntary redundancy as well as closing ward B3.

Car parking charges for staff may increase and eight trauma and orthopaedic beds are also closing, however this is a temporary measure and it is anticipated these will re-open later in the year.

Reacting to the news, Mr Bingham said: “Naturally I am very concerned about this news. The Government continue to put unprecedented amounts into the NHS, an amount of money asked for by Simon Stevens, yet Stepping Hill are taking this action.

“Whilst the hospital does not sit in the High Peak it serves the area, which is why I was so vocal over the recent Healthier Together proposals in my support of Stepping Hill.

“I have spoken to the hospital over their plans and they have assured me that they are hopeful of avoiding any compulsory redundancies and also from frontline clinical staff, indeed they have job vacancies in that area.

“There is a seasonal ward closure and also a more permanent closure of a ward, however this is a precursor to that ward rationalising into a new part of the hospital presently being built.”

The MP said that despite the assurances, he was still concerned over the impact of the cuts on High Peak residents, and would continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks.

In a statement, the hospital trust said: “In common with many other NHS trusts, we are facing severe financial challenges.

“These difficult decisions have not been taken lightly, but it is essential that we proactively manage our financial situation and ensure long term sustainability.

“We want to continue improving and transforming our high quality patient services, but we can only do this by taking action now.”