HEALTH chiefs have vowed that Solihull Hospital will have a stronger voice from now on.
Claire Molloy, pictured, the newly-appointed executive director, said lessons had been learned from the removal of maternity services.
She will be heading-up a new partnership board, which she claims will give local people more of a say on how the hospital is run.
Ms Molloy hopes that the move will allay fears about departments being transferred to Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals.
“There are likely to be changes in future, we are all facing financial pressures,” she said.
“But the important thing is that the public has a stronger voice and can have its say on what’s being done.”
Ms Molloy said that the hospital bosses were still weighing up options, but there were no “concrete plans” for Solihull.
“From meetings there’s a strong sense that Solihull will continue to run as a general hospital.
“I’m getting no inkling that we’re going to see a gradual run-down of the services provided there.”
The board will have 12-15 members, including GPs, borough councillors and representatives from patient groups.
Members are being assembled and the partnership board is expected to hold its first meeting next month.
“Obviously we are in the middle of extensive reforms,” added Ms Molloy, “but we can’t let those interfere with the services we offer locally. During my time in the NHS I’ve been through many of these reorganisations and they can’t get in the way of patient care.”
Solihull MP Lorely Burt hoped that the board would hold Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to account.
“I think that it will prevent them delivering any other fait accomplis, as they did over maternity,” she said.