Sunday, March 3, 2024

Councillor Fears “Third World” Health Service in Thurrock

A SENIOR Thurrock councillor has slammed the government’s plans to cut 52.6 million cut from the NHS budget.

The South West Essex NHS announced a £20 million cut to hospital patient funding with the remainder being cut from GP, Community Care and Dentist services.

Chair of the Health Committee, Aveley Councillor Wendy Herd said: “Thurrock is a growing borough with a growing population. We need more investment in health services not less. We need to see more doctors and more dentists to keep pace with our growing population.”

“ With one hand we had the great news work to transform the former Woolworths store on Grays High Street into a health centre is on track but with the other hand they announce an unprecedented £52 million cut form the health services we already have.”

“The Government promised key public services would be protected during the recession, yet these words ring hollow when the reality of these massive cuts begin to sink in. I have serious concerns about the future provision of quality healthcare in the borough and I have written to the NHS South West Essex demanding they be open and honest to residents and spell out exactly where the axe will fall and what services will be cut.”

It is vital Thurrock residents received a world class service…not a third world service!


  1. Wendy Herd, have you bin in a NHS bed for 3.6 years, Only that was the last time we herd from you, i know you have got to do some running now,and you need it, I wonder why

  2. albert, you seem intent on picking on Wendy Herd Why is that????

    she’s right our health service will become a third world service, a bit like all of thurrock will become with mass house building on green belt land, the whole country will soon be turned into a third world country, grey concrete slums everywhere, people spitting and throwing rubbish onto the streets.

    so why keep picking on someone that is trying to improve the borough??
    what is your problem???

  3. Wendy Herd should be applauded. She is actually doing what the Chairman of an Overview and Scruting Committee should be doing.

    Do any of the other scruting chairman actually do what they are meant to do?

    The Government have cut £52.6 million from the health budget of Basildon and Thurrock. £20 million is being cut from Basildon hospitals budget and the rest from health services in Thurrock.

    This is a massive sum of money and we should all be told where the axe will fall and what services will go or be cut back?

  4. albert, lets hope you don’t need to visit Basildon. if there were more wendy herds out there thurrock would be a better place! i agree with eddie… seems you have a problem! what a shame


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