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Petitions

Volume 579: debated on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Petitions

Wednesday 9 April 2014

Observations

Health

Heanor Memorial Hospital (Derbyshire)

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.

Proposed Closure of Mallins Doctors Surgery (West Bromwich)

The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners along with the Wednesbury Labour team deplore the decision made by NHS England to close Mallins doctors surgery at High Bullen Wednesbury without the required consultation with patients, staff, local councillors and the local authority; further that the Petitioners believe that NHS England have failed to give the required 90 days’ notice to patients; and further that the Petitioners believe that NHS England failed to consult the council under section 7 of the Health and Social Care Act, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage NHS England to review the decision to close Mallins doctors surgery and require NHS England to undertake the required consultation with patients, staff and the local council, among others.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Adrian Bailey, Official Report, 26 March 2014; Vol. 578, c. 1P .]

[P001339]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

NHS England is responsible for commissioning and ensuring adequate provision of GP services. It would not be appropriate for the Department of Health or Ministers to intervene in this matter.

Malling Health GP practice is housed on land owned by the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, and the sub-lease is due to expire on 30 April 2014. The Council has stated that there is no option to extend the lease.

The contract with Malling Health was put in place to provide primary medical services for at least 6,000 people. The patient list size is currently 1,690.

A Feasibility and Options Appraisal was undertaken by NHS Property Services, which detailed costs of potential relocation of the practice to other premises. NHS England advises that the costs associated with relocation were very high and not financially viable.

NHS England is confident there is sufficient GP capacity within a one mile radius of the Malling Health GP practice for the patients affected. The practice is therefore to close on 11 April 2014 following agreement with the provider. The Area Team is committed to ensuring that patients have continued access to local, high quality GP services and will work to minimise disruption for patients as a result of the closure.