REDDITCH'S MP has spoken to the new Health and Social Care Secretary about the ongoing challenges facing the crisis-hit trust running the town's Alexandra Hospital.

Rachel Maclean recently sat down with Matt Hancock, saying how vital it is his Department continues to support Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on its journey out of special measures.

Rachel and the new Health Secretary also discussed the departure of the chief executive, Michelle McKay, and the need for a strong replacement who can hit the ground running.

The MP said: “The Alex continues to be my top priority, and I wanted to meet with the new Health Secretary to ensure our town’s hospital and the trust is also a top priority for him in his new role.

“I was very pleased the Health Secretary and his team are already up to speed with the departure of Michelle McKay and are working on finding a strong and competent replacement.

"It was also very clear to me that the Health Secretary understands the need for the acute trust to continue improving, and fast!"

Last week, Rachel visited the Alex to find out what the hospital is doing to prepare for the Winter.

During her visit, Rachel spoke to staff about the success of the Frailty Unit and how this new service is reducing pressures on A&E.

“Last Winter we saw unacceptable delays and waits at the Alex, which is why I visited last week to find out what preparations are being made to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” she added.

“I’m also continuing to keep up the pressure on the CCG to bring forward the plans for the Urgent Care Centre, which CCG bosses have promised will be in place this December.”