Health bosses face more questions

SUFFOLK health bosses are today facing more questions from Suffolk MPs over its proposed move to new offices at Bramford.Following John Gummer's strong comments in yesterday's Evening Star, more Conservative MPs have expressed concerns about the cost of the move and why full details have not been published.

SUFFOLK health bosses are today facing more questions from Suffolk MPs over its proposed move to new offices at Bramford.

Following John Gummer's strong comments in yesterday's Evening Star, more Conservative MPs have expressed concerns about the cost of the move and why full details have not been published.

Ipswich Labour MP Chris Mole has also expressed his worries over the Primary Care Trust's move.

South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo said: “ I think there has been a lack of transparency and that is at a time when there are many questions hanging over the health service in Suffolk.


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“The PCT must understand that everything it does needs to be accounted for - the money it has is taxpayers' money.

“It has to prove that moving to new offices in the middle of the countryside makes financial sense - and it has not done that.”

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Mr Yeo said PCT chief executive Carole Taylor-Brown had sent copies of her replies to the Evening Star's 20 questions to the county's Conservative MPs.

“I've seen her replies and it is clear that they do not answer many of the questions that you quite properly raised. The PCT needs to explain much more about the money,” Mr Yeo added.

“Mrs Taylor-Brown says it will be moving into Bramford, but then she says the decision still has to be ratified. We have to know if the deal is signed or not.”

Fellow Conservative David Ruffley, whose Bury St Edmunds constituency includes Stowmarket and Needham Market, said: “At a time when there is pressure on NHS resources, it must be accountable to the public for major decisions like this.

“I think the trust has to be absolutely open and reveal full details of all the costs - set against the cost of using its existing offices. We are nowhere near getting enough answers to these questions.”

They joined Suffolk Coastal MP Mr Gummer who launched a strong attack on the PCT's failure to provide financial details of the move and the decision to move to a countryside location.

Ipswich Labour MP Mr Mole said: “There are times when landlords demand the details are kept confidential - but I don't know if that is the case here. I can see that I do need to ask my own questions.

“When I speak to them, I shall want to know exactly why they have decided to go to a location like that out of town and away from any public transport links.”

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