Thursday, 30 June 2011

Freeman Hospital and the Clinical drive for Safe and Sustainable Congenital Cardiac Services for Children

Regular readers will know that I have long championed the Freeman Hospital, which provides an outstanding service to the entire North East region. Our NHS Yes Campaign, the Petition, and the extensive campaigning will hopefully bear fruit when the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts make their decision.
Ten days ago the Journal covered our efforts
http://www.journallive.co.uk/northumberland-sites/hexham-northumberland/hexham-news/2011/06/22/hexham-mp-voices-support-for-heart-unit-61634-28923448/

On Thursday 23/6/11, Stuart Andrew, my Conservative colleague from Pudsey, secured a debate in the House of Commons on this issue. I could not attend myself but I urge you to read the debate on Hansard or They Work For You as the debate was a real example of parliament working well together - with all parties and all politicians supporting the clinically based review and seeking an improvement in the services that the doctors have so clearly sought. Our fight has been to support the Freeman, but also support the need for improvement and specialisation.
All spoke well but if I had to pick one speech to recommend, it would be that of the Chairman of the Health Select Committee, Stephen Dorrell was particularly good.

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