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Hemel Hempstead Hospital

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

I wish to present a petition, which was signed by 6,718 constituents who have grave concerns about the future of the Hemel Hempstead hospital and the closure of acute services, especially the closure of the award-winning Hemel Hempstead birthing centre.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the borough of Dacorum and others

Declares the Petitioners’ serious concerns about the plans of West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust to cut health provision, including the removal of acute services from Hemel Hempstead hospital and the closure of the birthing unit.

The Petitioners further declare that the cuts are aimed at generating financial savings and are not based on clinical expertise or need.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Health to use her powers to reverse the proposed plans and to visit Hemel Hempstead hospital at her earliest opportunity to address the concerns of the residents.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.