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Written High Court judgement supports vital changes to hospital services in South Tyneside and Sunderland

Thu 25th July 2019

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More patients across South Tyneside and Sunderland are getting access to high quality stroke care and life saving treatment thanks to major changes made as part of Phase One of the Path to Excellence programme – and these changes are supported in a written judgement which is now available to read.

A judicial review hearing took place in December 2018 which challenged the decision of NHS South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups following a public consultation into the future of hospital-based stroke, maternity, gynaecology and urgent paediatric care.

Due to the level of service vulnerability stroke changes took place from December 2016 with changes to maternity, gynaecology and emergency paediatric care in South Tyneside starting from 5 August 2019.

The judgement and order in the case can be read at the bottom of this article.

Speaking on behalf of South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs), Matt Brown, director at NHS South Tyneside CCG, said: “We are pleased that the written judgement is now available for people to read. It shows, very clearly, that the judge supported our decision for phase one of the Path to Excellence programme and found our robust public consultation in 2017, undertaken together with NHS Sunderland CCG, to be a fair and lawful process.

“While we understand people’s natural concerns about changes to healthcare services, these changes have always been about doing what is right for our patients and protecting hospital services which are extremely vulnerable.”

Since December 2018 when the court hearing took place, new independent data shows that the quality of stroke services has risen significantly over the past two years with more patients now receiving timely care, delivered by specialists, in a dedicated acute stroke unit.

This means that more people in South Tyneside and Sunderland are surviving a stroke and less people are suffering lifelong disability because of the improvements made in stroke services.

Read the full article here.

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