Recent statistics from the Department of Health communicate some positive news for health care in Mid-Derbyshire.
In 2015 the Care Quality Commission rated the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust to be ‘Good.’ There are now 180 more hospital doctors and 208 more nurses in the trust than there was in 2010. Furthermore, there is a significant increase in the number of operations and diagnostic tests which are being completed by the trust. In 2009/2010 there were 107,453 operations, whilst in 2016/2017 there were 115,706. In addition, there were 194,552 diagnostic tests in 2016/2017, which is 66,988 more than in 2009/2010.
Under the Derbyshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan funding is set to rise by £235.7 million between 2015/2016 and 2020/2021. This will see a cash increase of 15%.
Pauline Latham OBE MP said in relation to the recent statistics:
“Recent statistics paint an encouraging picture of local health care services. I am particularly pleased to see an increase in doctors and nurses in our local hospitals. Correspondingly it is good to see that more operations and diagnostic tests are happening.
I am pleased to learn that under the Derbyshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan funding is set to rise by 15%.
However, there is certainly more to be done, as this Government are aware. I appreciate that there are longstanding issues in relation to the recruitment and retention of medical professionals. I am pleased that the Secretary of State has put in a number of measures to alleviate this issue – including new schemes for Nurses and GP’s.
I am mindful that the NHS faces a challenging winter ahead. In Mid-Derbyshire our Doctors, Nurses and Medical Staff do a wonderful job and I am proud of the service which they provide. It is important that local health care services receive the appropriate support.”