Nigel Mills MP yesterday presented a petition to the House of Commons, which was signed by over 3,000 Amber Valley constituents concerned about the closure of Heanor Memorial Hospital.
The hospital was closed following the discovery of asbestos in the building. Mr Mills organised the petition to help the people of Heanor show Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) the strength of feeling about the hospital and health provision in the town.
The petition calls on SDCCG to allocate sufficient resources to ensure that the hospital is reopened, and asks the House of Commons to call on the Government to take all possible steps to ensure that the Hospital remains open and that health provision in the town is enhanced, not diminished.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Mills said: “It is with great pleasure that I present this petition, signed by more than 3,000 of my constituents, showing the extent of feeling about the closure of the Heanor Memorial hospital.”
Outside of Parliament, he continued: “I organised this petition in response to uncertainty about the future of the hospital. I was very glad to see so many people at the subsequent meeting held by the CCG in the future of the hospital.
“It’s vitally important that this service is reopened, and the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has allocated resources so that it can work to reopen it, and it wants to hear local residents’ views on what they would like to see on the site.
“This is good news – and I’m looking forward to seeing progress.
“Please do contact the CCG to tell them what you’d like to see. You can contact them on 01332 868677 or emailing Enquiries@southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk.”
Member since: 10th July 2012
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