The Humble Petition of residents of Rushden, Northamptonshire and surrounding areas,
Sheweth that the plans to close the hospital outpatients facility at the Rushden Memorial Clinic and replace them with a facility outside of Rushden is unacceptable; further sheweth that the Rushden Memorial Clinic was paid for by the people of Rushden to serve the health needs of the people of Rushden; and believes that Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should not be removing the only outpatient facility from the biggest town in East Northamptonshire to a small town with no adequate public transport.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Health to require Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to review its decision and to build an enhanced outpatient facility in Rushden in line with the local NHS’s own weighted criteria.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. etc.—[Presented by Mr. Peter Bone, Official Report, 11 March 2009; Vol. 489, c. 401 .]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:
The East Midlands Strategic Health Authority reports that the issue referred to has been the subject of a local six week public engagement exercise. At a public meeting on 23 January 2009, the chief executive of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust gave an undertaking to consider alternative sites to the Trust’s preferred site in Irthlingborough. I would expect Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to consider the views of the petitioners when making its decision.