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Canvey Island Health Care

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

The people of Canvey island are deeply concerned about the two linked issues that this excellent petition addresses. First, they want to ensure that the reorganisation of health care by combining all eight of the GP surgeries on Canvey island into just two centres will not restrict access to primary health care, and that that change will improve health care rather than simply save money at Canvey people’s expense. Secondly, they want to retain “The Paddocks” for community use, rather than have it swallowed up in a grandiose central health care scheme. I congratulate the many hundreds of people who signed the petition, and by doing so showed that they care about their community and want to protect vulnerable people.

The petition states:

The petition of Eddie Stacy, residents of Canvey Island, Benfleet and others, declares the petitioners’ wish to formally record their objection to the PCT’s plans for reorganising health care on Canvey Island and further asserts that the loss of “The Paddocks” would be totally unacceptable to the people of Canvey.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to impress upon the PCT the importance of a public consultation, which is timely and fully informs the public, in order to facilitate the representation of views of all those who will be affected by the changes to current healthcare provisions and who have an interest in the preservation of “The Paddocks”.

To lie upon the Table.