Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has welcomed plans announced by health watchdog Monitor to oversee improvements in local NHS services.
Government regulator Monitor has appointed former NHS chief executive Diane Whittingham to act as a ‘critical friend’ to Heart of England Foundation Trust as it implements a series of legally binding commitments to improve services.
Mrs Burt has a long record of campaigning on local NHS services including securing the return of Double-Crewed Ambulances to Solihull, protecting the Walk-In Centre and calling for more mental health beds.
Mrs Burt said, “I welcome the increased oversight which Monitor have promised to supply.
“Diane Whittingham is a very distinguished professional with a wealth of experience to bring to bear.
“NHS staff in our area work their socks off for local residents but it’s essential they receive the very best leadership and support.
“I look forward to supporting Ms Whittingham’s work to hold local NHS bosses to account.”