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Petitions

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

Pharmacy Services (Gloucestershire)

In April, the Government produced a White Paper entitled “Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths”. In response to that White Paper, the Dispensing Doctors’ Association carried out a survey of 6,000 of its patients. It had two key findings. The first was that 95 per cent. of the surveyed patients would find it difficult or inconvenient if their surgeries stopped dispensing. The second was that half of the surveyed households include at least one person over 65. It was unsurprising, therefore, that hundreds of my constituents wrote to me to oppose the proposals.

In a very welcome announcement yesterday, the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for Corby (Phil Hope), did a complete U-turn on the proposals and announced that there would be no change. My constituents, along with the millions of people up and down the country who were upset by the proposals, have had an early Christmas present. My constituents have therefore had a prescient victory in their campaign, but nevertheless I shall present their petition.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of Cotswold and others,

Declares that the Government has made proposals to change the way pharmacy services are provided in the community; further declares that if the proposals were implemented, the dispensaries at the Moore Health Centre in Bourton-on-the Water and Westwoods Surgery in Northleach would be forced to close; notes that the undersigned value the service currently provided.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to retain the dispensaries at the Moore Health Centre in Bourton-on-the-Water and Westwoods Surgery in Northleach.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P000299]

Dangerous Drivers

Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to present a petition signed by almost 25,000 people on the topic of the horrendous, appalling and often tragic consequences of drink-driving. It is particularly pertinent now with Christmas so close.

The petition states:

The Petition of the family of Aaron Palmer and concerned residents of Vale of Glamorgan and others,

Declares that there should be justice for families of the innocent people who have been killed or injured by drunk drivers; such as 18 year old Aaron Palmer who was knocked down by a drunk driver and killed on Boxing Day 2003. The Petitioners further declare that those found guilty of drink driving should risk having their driving licences permanently revoked.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to consider bringing forward legislation to ensure that drink drivers who have recklessly killed someone in a crash have their driving licences permanently revoked.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P000301]

Health Services (Wycombe)

I rise to present a petition, the contents of which are self-explanatory and require no elucidation by me.

The Petition of over fourteen hundred readers of the Bucks Free Press newspaper,

Declares that the Prime Minister should honour his pledge to listen to newspaper campaigns and the voice of the people and order a review of changes to services at Wycombe Hospital.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to order such a review.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P000293]