I bring to the Floor of the House of Commons today a petition in the names of Donna Benbow and Helen Jervis, both young mothers, both constituents and both concerned about the movement of maternity and other services from the Royal Shrewsbury hospital to the Princess Royal hospital at Telford.
By way of background, I should explain that the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust which serves Shropshire and mid-Wales proposes a reconfiguration of the service that it currently provides. The petition is supported by 3,745 names. The case is also supported by more than 800 people who attended public meetings. Another constituent, Sally Jones, has contributed thousands of names to a petition that is to be presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Daniel Kawczynski).
The petition states:
The Petition of residents of Montgomeryshire,
Declares that the petitioners oppose plans to move the Special Care Baby Unit, the Children’s Ward and some maternity services from Shrewsbury to Telford.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to prevent these services being moved from Shrewsbury to Telford.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.