Norman Baker MP will be leading a debate in Parliament this week about Health Care Provision in the Lewes Constituency, to be held in the Main Chamber at the House of Commons on Friday 9 January 2015 at 14.30.
He will be calling for:
- A robust way of handling minor injuries locally
- Expansion to the range of treatments and services provided, in already established local facilities
- Improved GP facilities, especially in Polegate
- A halt to the transfer of services from Eastbourne DGH to the Conquest in Hastings
- All sections of NHS to work together to produce a fair deal locally
Norman wants different sections of the NHS to work together to produce a fair deal. He argues that providing better facilities in each local town is not only more convenient for local residents, but also helps the NHS by taking pressure off local A and E departments.
His call for localised treatment have been backed by the Head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, who replied to Norman in a letter saying; “I do think we need a concerted programme across the NHS to find new ways to support small hospitals and we are working with a number if patient and hospital groups to discuss these new models”
Norman says: “It is not fair that my constituents have to travel to hospitals in Eastbourne, Brighton, Haywards Heath or even Hastings for services that they should be able to receive in their own town.
“There are facilities locally which are being under used or services farmed out to other hospitals, making access to those services even more difficult for local people. If services could be retained or reinstated at facilities like Lewes Victoria Hospital and Newhaven Downs with an expansion to the range of services at the new Seaford Horder Centre and local GP surgeries, my constituents would be better served for their health needs”
Norman has also been fighting for funding for a health care centre in Polegate and has written to the NHS urging them to release it. He recently met with Lib Dem Health Minister Norman Lamb MP who pledged to do all he can to support the application.
Norman says: “For far too long medium sized towns like Seaford, Polegate, Lewes and Newhaven have had the thin end of the wedge when it comes to health care services. Promises have been given over the years by far off and unaccountable NHS managers, all of which have been to no avail.
“Now new legislation has provided more influence for our local GPs who have local knowledge and often live in the town where they are providing services. We also have a government policy commitment to localise services wherever possible, enabling local people to work together to help bring about improvements.”