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Intensive Care (West Sussex)

Volume 514: debated on Monday 26 July 2010

The Petition of Mrs J Puttick and residents of the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency and others,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that care received by Mr Ken Puttick at Worthing Hospital, West Sussex, was appalling and inadequate; further declares that consultants were not available at weekends, leading to delays to necessary medical procedures; further declares that the number of intensive care beds available was insufficient to meet the needs of the patients and to allow the necessary time for rehabilitation; and further declares that the training given to nurses caring for patients was inadequate.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to take steps to increase the number of intensive care beds available; to ensure that care for patients is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week; and to improve the training offered to nurses who care for multiple organ failure patients who have been transferred from intensive care units.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Nick Gibb, Official Report, 6 July 2010; Vol. 513, c. 3P .]


Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

The issues raised in the petition are local matters for West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) and my Department will bring these to the attention of the Strategic Health Authority, NHS South East Coast.