PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt is asking for people to send her their views on the controversial closure of the end-of-life care ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Ms Mordaunt is set to give evidence to the independent panel investigating Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust’s decision to close the G5 ward at the hospital in Cosham.
She is trying to gather as many views as possible from the public to give to the panel as well as her own.
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘In addition to my own evidence and correspondence I have already received I am inviting my constituents to give me their views.
‘I am very happy to hear from healthcare professionals too, but my primary concern is to get the patient and carers’ voices heard.’
The independent reconfiguration panel (IRP), which is an expert on NHS service change, launched its review of the G5 closure last month.
It came after the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asked for an inquiry following a referral from Portsmouth City Council’s health overview and scrutiny panel.
The panel has invited people to write in or call it with their views, but it will also be meeting and speaking directly to some parties, including Ms Mordaunt.
As part of her evidence, the MP will be mentioning her efforts to find funding to run a G5-type service alongside the new mobile nurse team which replaced the ward in September. The idea has not been taken up by hospital bosses.
Ms Mordaunt will also be holding an inquiry session in the Palace of Westminster on Thursday, March 3, 2pm to 4pm. People from Portsmouth are invited to the session to give their views on priorities for an in-hospital end-of-life care service, care on G5, specific experience of the new mobile nurse service and good and bad experiences of end-of-life care at QA hospital in the last five years.
Their knowledge, experience and perceptions around the hospital trust’s level of patient involvement when they were looking to change the G5 service, and experience of the complaints procedure at QA specifically relating to end-of-life care will also be discussed. A report of this session will drawn up and given to the IRP as evidence.
Alternatively people can drop into Ms Mordaunt’s coffee morning at her office in London Road, Hilsea, and speak to her face-to-face, on Saturday, March 5, 10am to midday.
To book a place at the coffee morning or at the session at the House of Commons, call (023) 9269 7266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who would like to give their views to Ms Mordaunt to give to the panel can do so by emailing the same address or by writing to 379 London Road, Hilsea.