Local MP hosts NHS listening event

June 8, 2011 11:01 AM

Tom Brake recently held a public meeting at Strawberry Lodge in Carshalton to listen to the views and concerns of constituents with regards to the future of the National Health Service.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington said: "We had a very lively exchange with a well informed audience and many points to put to Andrew Lansley."

Issues discussed on the night included the role of the private sector in the NHS, the new plans for GP commissioning and the future of healthcare in the UK.

Following the event, Tom compiled a summary of the views put forward throughout the course of the evening and has now submitted the 43-page document to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

He continued: "I have submitted the document with the intention that it be taken into account during the NHS listening exercise. It is important that all views are considered before any reforms are implemented. We need to see changes that have broad support from both the public and patient support groups."

For the past twenty years, Tom has worked with local residents to campaign for better local health services and above all to secure the future of St. Helier hospital. At a recent meeting between Tom and Health Minster Simon Burns regarding the new proposals for the NHS it was confirmed that the funding for the rebuild of the hospital secured last year remains in place.

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