Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, will tomorrow (14th May 2014) hand in his petition concerning the proposed health cuts across the constituency.
The petitions are against proposals to close Park End clinic, scrapping GP services at Skelton Medical Centre, and oppose South Tees CCG’s plans to close East Cleveland Hospital’s and Guisborough Hospital’s minor injuries units and condemn South Tees CCG’s decision to close Skelton’s NHS walk-in centre.
“This campaign is far from over but I wanted to raise the issue in Parliament as soon as practically possible. The response to the petitions so far has been staggering with over 700 signatures in just one week and they are still coming in. It goes to show just how much people care about their local health services.
“Losing these services will radically reduce patient choice for East Cleveland and Middlesbrough residents, risks adversely affecting health of residents, and threatens to increase the pressure on already stretched A&E services.
“There seems to be unwillingness in Government to resolve the serious issues our local NHS is facing. I recently tried to secure a meeting with Health Ministers to discuss recent developments in South Tees NHS Foundation Trust but unfortunately it would appear that Daniel Poulter, Under-Secretary of State for Health Services, has refused to agree to meet.
“However, I’m still in the process of arranging meetings with relevant health bodies and will continue to pressure the Government to meet with me to discuss these serious issues. In the meantime, I urge Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, NHS England and South Tees CCG to act to abandon and reverse plans.”