Today sees the launch of a major new campaign spearheaded by local MP Steve Barclay aimed at bringing healthcare closer to home.
The Treat Me Local campaign seeks to deliver a healthcare wish list within the next 12 months and has been backed by GPs across the Fens.
Now the MP for North East Cambridgeshire has issued a rallying call for the support of local people to force the government and local health managers to act.
“The purpose of this campaign is to call for quicker introduction of localised treatment to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, and fairer funding allocation to reflect the health needs of North East Cambridgeshire,” he said.
“But in order for the campaign to work, and to force Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body which buys services on behalf of patients, to act, I need the support of local people. I am grateful the local press is already supporting me in this fight. Together we can bring the changes.
“This campaign won’t resolve all our health challenges, but together they represent practical improvements for patients and our GPs.”
The wish list ranges from extending the opening hours at both the minor injury units at Doddington Hospital and the North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, to introducing satellite oncology services in the community.
Mr Barclay said grassroots support for change through a Parliamentary Petition, which he will present in the House of Commons, is vital. This will lead to government pressure being put on local health managers to deliver the changes identified by the campaign.
“People often tell me they feel the needs of the Fens are forgotten, and the south of the county gets more funding. Well now is the time to be heard. We need to ensure our health needs are given greater priority. Please register your support by signing up today.”