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Heanor Memorial Hospital (Derbyshire)

Volume 579: debated on Wednesday 9 April 2014

The Petition of the people of Heanor and the wider Amber Valley area,

Declares that the Heanor Memorial Hospital provides essential services to the community of Heanor, and that the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group should allocate sufficient resources to ensure that the hospital is once again able to open and serve the people of Heanor.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take all possible steps to ensure that Heanor Memorial Hospital remains open and that health provision in Heanor is enhanced not diminished.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Nigel Mills, Official Report, 11 March 2014; Vol. 577, c. 290 .]

[P001331]

Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department:

The commissioning and provision of hospital services, including those that might be provided at Heanor Memorial Hospital, is a matter for the national health service locally.

Heanor Memorial Hospital has been closed since a routine maintenance survey discovered asbestos in the boiler room. A subsequent full structural survey in October 2013 revealed the presence of asbestos in other parts of the hospital. Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group is currently exploring options for the future of health services in Heanor. The local CCG is committed to consulting and engaging local people throughout this process. I would encourage the honourable member and his constituents to remain engaged with the CCG on this matter.