Press Release: the future of Bedford Hospital

NEWS FROM MOHAMMAD YASIN MP: MP demands government assurances on the future of Bedford Hospital

Mohammad Yasin MP, Labour’s newly elected Member of Parliament for Bedford & Kempston has demanded assurances from the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, that the Tory Government will not seek to close key services at Bedford Hospital.

Mohammad Yasin has written to Jeremy Hunt calling for assurances that A&E, Obstetric, and Paediatric services are retained at Bedford Hospital and not moved to Luton or Milton Keynes. This is in response to emerging plans from the Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes’s NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

At the recent General Election Labour pledged to halt the STPs, which threaten to close and downgrade local health services as in Bedford.

Mohammad Yasin MP said:

“I have written to Jeremy Hunt demanding assurances about the future of Bedford Hospital. Like other Bedford residents I fear that as part of NHS review plans for our area we could lose key health services in Bedford that local people rely on.

“Our area has a growing population, with a real need for comprehensive and easily accessible medical care. Losing our A&E department could prove a real danger, meaning far longer travel times for those in urgent need of care, which ultimately puts lives at risk.

“I intend to honour my promise to local residents and fight tooth and nail to keep these vital health services, which are under threat by this Tory Government.

“Jeremy Hunt must address these concerns and provide reassurances for people across Bedfordshire urgently.”