Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

31 OCT 2008

Harwich hospital campaign

Douglas Carswell MP for Clacton and Harwich was today handed a petition with over 2,700 signatures to give to Health Secretary Alan Johnson regarding Harwich hospital.

A delegation of campaigners from the town met with Douglas at the House of Commons this afternoon to express their concerns about the delays in having a fully-functioning local hospital.

Douglas said "The new hospital has cost us many millions. Yet its still not fully functioning. Local folk have every right to be angry about it".

"I've repeatedly pressed ministers in Parliament to take action. But they pass the buck - claiming its up to local NHS chiefs."

Despite being technically open for three years now, several departments in the new hospital remain unused and it treats nowhere near its full capacity of patients, resulting in many having to drive miles to Colchester or Clacton to receive adequate treatment.

"Government ministers were quick to try to take credit when the new hospital was in the pipe line. As your local MP, I'm determined to try to get someone to take responsibility for ensuring we get our hospital".

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