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Labour pushes Bootham inquiry call

The city council’s Labour Group will this week repeat its call for a high level inquiry into the failings that led to the closure of Bootham Park hospital, when councillors meet this Thursday (17th).
 
Labour councillors are set to vote in support of a council motion that highlights Bootham Park as one amongst a number of key challenges facing local health services across the city.
 
Labour’s health spokesperson, Coun. Mary Cannon, will propose the motion.  She said:
 
“Our motion draws attention to the huge challenges facing the NHS locally, from Care Quality Commission inspection judgments to the problems of Bootham Park and the failed procurement of muscular skeletal services by Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.  Despite the best attempts of healthcare professionals working across our NHS services, things are not good and we have to recognise that and try to understand why.
 
“Debate on the motion will explore some of the explanations as to why that is.  Yet however much some issues are structural ones determined at the national level, it is councillors’ roles on the Health and Adult Social Care Policy and Scrutiny Committee to fully scrutinise these services locally so we need to understand where these problems originate.
 
“We reiterate our support for a full inquiry into the Bootham Park closure following repeated inquiry calls by the MP for York Central, supported by the council’s Health Scrutiny Committee.  A local level investigation may provide some answers, but it will clearly not have the wide ranging powers of a national level-commissioned inquiry to fully learn lessons from what’s happened. 
 
“We must remember the impact of this decision on York patients and their families will live on for months and potentially years”.

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