Labour highlight “invisible” Orsett Hospital consultation
DID you know there was a consultation currently underway on closing Orsett Hospital? That’s the question being asked by Thurrock Labour this week.
Kicked off last year and running for 14 weeks, it will decide the future of Orsett Hospital as well as a number of other health issues in South Essex.
However, Thurrock Labour is highlighting the lack of visibility for the consultation. Thurrock Labour Group Leader Oliver Gerrish said, “Most residents we’ve been speaking to are surprised to learn that there is a consultation underway. The future of Orsett Hospital is being decided right now and you’d barely know it. I fear that many residents will miss the chance to have their say.
“Not only is the consultation being run very quietly, the section on Orsett Hospital is buried in the overall consultation on proposals related to the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
He continued, “Thurrock Labour are not convinced that there are solid plans in place for the services currently being delivered by Orsett Hospital. The Thurrock Labour Group is opposing the closure of Orsett Hospital. We believe that without something concrete already in place it’s far too dangerous to sign away the future of our local healthcare.
“The NHS is in crisis at the moment. Every day there are more stories of patients waiting hours for ambulances or hospitals slipping into black alert. What we really need is proper investment in our health service.
“I think back to the closure of Grays Walk-in Centre. There was never an equivalent level of service to replace it – it’s now just far harder to see a doctor easily when you need to. It seems that with each new reorganisation of services, it is getting more difficult to access the care we need.
“Whatever your views on Orsett Hospital, I encourage everyone to fill in the survey to make sure that your voice is heard!”
The consultation can be found here: http://www.nhsmidandsouthessex.co.uk/
It will close to responses on 9 March 2018.