‘Health’ is a top priority for local residents

August 1, 2013 10:10 AM

Tom Brake MP has revealed the early results of his residents' survey, showing that 'health', 'education' and 'economy' are the top three most important issues for the local community.

Almost 650 residents have so far taken part in the survey launched by the Carshalton and Wallington MP in May. The initial results show that 64.9 per cent of the respondents regard health as the number one priority issue.

Tom Brake said: "I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to fill in the online survey so far, and encourage everyone who has not yet done so to participate."

"It is extremely important that, as an MP, I hear the views of local residents and understand what really matters to them. I can use the results of the survey to shape the work I do in parliament."

Over 650 residents have completed the survey, taking the chance to have their say on a range of national and local issues. In the responses to the survey, 'health' came first, followed by 'education' at 50.9 per cent, 'economy and unemployment' at 47.5 per cent and 'crime' at 43.5 per cent. 'Immigration' and 'transport' proved the two least salient issues at 39.6 per cent and 27.2 per cent respectively.

In the category of 'health', the most important issue for local residents was saving St Helier Hospital - over 72 per cent indicated this as their main local health priority concern. 54.6 per cent of those who indicated 'healthcare' as their top issue felt most strongly about reducing waste in the NHS, and 52.8 per cent felt that improving access to high-cost cancer drugs for those who need them should be a priority.

The residents' survey will run until the end of September, so there is still time to take part. If you're interested in taking part, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Toms-resident-survey

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