The Petition of Mrs Jacqueline Stayt and Mrs Josephine Seath, residents of the North Dorset community and others,
Declares that they are concerned about the future of Portman Ward at Blandford Community Hospital, Dorset.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to encourage NHS Dorset to consider seriously the impact on the local community of proposed cuts to services at Blandford Hospital, in particular the proposed closure of Portman Ward, and to ensure that decisions affecting the hospital’s future reflect the concerns and needs of patients, staff and the community at large.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Robert Walter, Official Report, Monday 26 July 2010; Vol. 514, c. 836 .]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:
The issues raised in the petition are local matters for Dorset Primary Care Trust and my Department will bring these to the attention of the South West Strategic Health Authority.