Douglas Carswell has held a meeting with local NHS bosses to discuss the future of Clacton hospital.
"After various changes to local services provided at the hospital, I wanted some assurance about the future of our local hospital" explains Douglas. "Local people have a right to expect certainty, and my job as their local representative is to make sure they get it".
Douglas discussed the different wards at the hospital and talked about the different treatment provided at the hospital with Gary Sweeney of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Lucy Moore of Colchester Hospital Trust and Lynne Woodcock of ACE.
"With specialist services provided in larger hospitals and with technology enabling more things to be done by GPs, I feel it is important that Clacton hospital, and the services it offers, are not squeezed".
"I discussed my concerns – and was pleased with the answers I got. As we already know, the maternity unit is back up and running. I popped in to say "hello" to the team there, and they are doing a great job."
"Blood tests can now be done by GPs. If anything there will be more diagnostic tests available at Clacton hospital in future, not fewer"
But Douglas went on to warn "We do need to remain vigilant to guard against any cuts. We have a magnificent hospital. Let's make sure we use it and appreciate it to help safeguard it".