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Graham Nickson Delivers Petition for Urgent Care Centres to Number 10

‘Last, desperate attempt’ to save urgent care centres
By Martin Ford – Herts Mercury

CAMPAIGNERS from local Labour parties have made a “last, desperate attempt” to save the urgent care centres in Hertford and Cheshunt, taking their pleas to the Prime Minister.

A letter was hand delivered to 10 Downing Street by Cllr Malcolm Aitken (Lab, Waltham Cross) and Graham Nickson, parliamentary spokesman for the Hertford and Stortford Labour Party, asking for the Government to intervene.

The letter highlights the anticipated extra pressure on already overburdened GPs and A&E departments and the distance patients would have to travel.

They also pour scorn on the reason given for the centres’ closure – that too many patients were using it instead of their GPs or A&E.

“We believe that it is outrageous to blame local people for the closure of popular services that are filling a vital need,” the letter read.

“Whilst you conduct a ‘listening period’ in order to respond to concerns about the Government’s proposed NHS reforms, we hope that you will also listen to local people in Broxbourne and East Herts and stop the Urgent Care Centres from being closed.”

Speaking after delivering the letter, Mr Nickson said: “The Prime Minister needs to know that the councillors who voted to close the centres do not represent the views of local people.”

Cllr Aitken added: “I’m delighted to be handing a letter to Number 10 on behalf of the residents of Broxbourne, to hopefully get the Prime Minister to intervene.

“Let’s hope they listen to the people of this borough, and in Hertford and Stortford.”