Cllr Tony Jackson’s meetings with his Tory colleagues reported in this week’s Mercury to discuss Hertford’s Urgent Care Centre are too little and far too late. It was on February 17th that the Evaluation Panel, including Tory Councillors to ‘represent’ the local community, voted unanimously to close the Urgent Care Centres in Hertford and Cheshunt. Yet only now, four months later, has Cllr Jackson done anything.
In April I went to 10 Downing Street to hand in a letter asking the Prime Minister to intervene to save Hertford’s Urgent Care Centre. Last month a health minister replied to me pointing out that closing the Urgent Care Centre was a local decision and that the Evaluation Panel had voted to close it. There was no reference to the Government’s NHS reforms or other excuse.
When Broxbourne’s Tory MP raised the issue of the closure of Cheshunt’s Urgent Care Centre in Parliament, as well as organising a protest march and petition, the Government again pointed to the Evaluation Panel vote as justification for its closure. But at least Cheshunt will have a Minor Injuries Unit and extra GP service funded by Tory led Broxbourne Council. And what was Mark Prisk MP doing to save Hertford’s Urgent Care Centre? Well; he did write a column in the Mercury attacking the local Labour Party about the issue.
So yes Cllr Jackson; I am emotional. The NHS matters to me, it matters to people in Hertford and its sickening the way that you and your Tory colleagues have let us down in East Herts. A little more action and emotion and Hertford would have got a better deal.