Friday, December 2, 2022

Thurrock Labour’s John Kent calls on Jackie Doyle-Price to support a separate consultation for Orsett Hospital.

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Thurrock Labour’s John Kent calls on Jackie Doyle-Price to support a separate consultation for Orsett Hospital.

The Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Thurrock, John Kent, has written an open letter to local Conservative MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, calling on her to support the campaign to save Orsett Hospital.

As highlighted in the letter, Orsett Hospital provides a range of vital health services to Thurrock residents including muscle and eye care, and renal dialysis which may have no new home in the borough within the plans for Thurrock’s NHS currently being supported by local Conservatives.

Above all, the letter raises concerns over the consultation currently taking place which will decide the future of Orsett Hospital. Despite being visited by thousands of patients last year Orsett Hospital only features as a small part of a wider consultation on the future of the NHS across mid and south Essex which is open to people far outside Thurrock in areas like Southend and Braintree. The letter argues that the unique importance of Orsett Hospital to Thurrock means that its future should be determined by a separate consultation open only to local residents.

You can read the full content of John Kent’s letter below:

Dear Jackie Doyle-Price MP,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Thurrock Labour Party to urge you as the local MP and a Health Minister to speak out in favour of keeping Orsett Hospital open.
In particular we would like to see you speaking at the upcoming public meetings regarding the Mid-South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership plans for hospitals in the region. 

The most recent CQC reports into Orsett Hospital found that the hospital was meeting a great number of many essential standards of care but the latest plans for the transfer of services from the hospital to the proposed integrated medical centres are unclear and generalised.

Among the range of vital services currently provided at Orsett but with no proposed new home in the borough are muscles and bones, dialysis, and eye care. If Orsett Hospital is closed many Thurrock residents who receive vital, often daily, renal dialysis there face the prospect of a 14-mile-long round trip to Basildon Hospital for treatment.

The lack of detailed plans for the replacement site(s) and service(s) for the Minor Injuries Unit is hugely concerning. The Orsett’s minor injuries unit is not only a widely used facility; it is a much-valued one across Thurrock. It was visited by nearly 30,000 patients last year.

As the local MP, you should know the proposed alternative at Long Lane is extremely problematic. This is a site which already faces huge parking issues and the infrastructure at Long Lane simply would not be able to cope with 30,000 additional patients visiting, and that does not only mean the hospital site alone. Lone Lane itself – along with Blackshots Lane – are busy roads which would struggle to cope with 30,000 visitors.

We cannot risk a much-valued NHS asset such as Orsett Hospital based on poorly thought through proposals such as this.

The costs of updating the facilities at Orsett is cited as around £10 million but this figure pales in comparison to the £118 million to be spent across Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals within these proposals. Orsett has had some form of hospital at the heart of Thurrock’s community for the past100 years. To close Orsett Hospital, while spending millions of pounds improving existing hospitals outside of Thurrock in the same package justifiably outrages many Thurrock residents.

Above all, we are deeply concerned the consultation currently being conducted in relation to these plans is primarily aimed at establishing the public’s views on the merger of Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend hospitals. The closure of Orsett Hospital is only given a very short section hidden in the depths of the consultation and it is alarming that the future of our local hospital could be determined by people living in Southend and Braintree – people who probably do not know where Orsett is, let alone understand how important it is to the Thurrock community.

Residents outside our borough will not be as concerned about the future of Orsett Hospital and their indifference must not be used as evidence that the people of Thurrock do not want their hospital to remain open. The future of Orsett Hospital should be the subject of its own consultation, open only to local residents, and based on fully thought through and transparent plans. Thurrock residents need an MP who stands up for them and we are asking you to join us in calling for a proper consultation on the future of Orsett Hospital, and to join the campaign to keep it open.

Yours Sincerely,
John Kent                                                                 
Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Thurrock

14 COMMENTS

  1. The Tories will sell it off. The NHS will be privatised and owned by United Health a US private healthcare company. It will be in return for an America first trade deal.

    Even the Blairights in your party back it.

    ITS THE GREAT STATE GIVE AWAY ALL MUST GO.

  2. Sadly the NHS has become bloated, inefficient and incompetent. We all love the NHS or the idea of it, but it is no longer fit for purpose and need a huge overhaul.

  3. So what’s your view on what should we do thurrocksgonedownhill.
    Tory Privatisation or Labours Public Private Partnership. both don’t work for the little guy

  4. I don’t think the local NHS Trust is very fond of Thurrock Councillors. Have people forgotten how Thurrock Councillors prevented a £2.5 million cancer scanner from being used for 2 years because they squabbled with the local health bosses over where it should be located.

  5. I agree CTB. Neither work for Mr Joe Average.
    Lets start with getting competent staff and Doctors. Cutting out the deadwood and removing the over staffed chiefs.
    Then stop the health tourists and the NHS parasites.
    Then bring in competent people and get it back to were it should be.

  6. That was a comment I was surprised by as it seems moderate and not total right wing crap. you getting soft in your old age granddad. 🙂

  7. Like I said before I deal in facts and you my friend have let yourself become twisted and bitter, clearly you are one of life’s unfortunates.
    Call it right wing or whatever you feel, we need hard measures to create a fair, crime free society with consequences for crimes. Not like you namby pambies have made it.

  8. Under your values The Rich get a fine and the poor go to Jail.
    TOO BIG TO FAIL TOO BIG TO JAIL.

  9. But some kid sells a packet of fags down Grays High street your first on hear to say Jail the sod.
    I just don’t get the system of one law for you and another for me. its unfair.

    either jail everyone or don’t

  10. You do talk drivel CTB. I think you need to seek help.
    You clearly make up statements that are vexatious and believe them yourself.
    Tell us all on here straight. Do you support kids selling fags in the high street, cause I don’t. In any case I said Drugs, not fags.
    Please get help as we all would miss your Green Party b**locks.
    PS. still got your bank account and keeping them wealthy bankers in Champagne?…Hypocrite.

  11. Its still unfair. its look out for number 1 and forget about all the problems that will bring.

  12. Not at all.
    Do you not agree that we need drastic changes to make society work better and fairer for everyone?
    Harsh penalties for Drug Dealers, Burglars, Attacking Pensioners, Knife crime and loads more beside.
    People accountable like, corrupt, Police(Hillsborough come to mind), Councillors, Politicians and yes, Bankers….Jail them and take away gold plated pensions.
    Make things work properly like NHS, Railways etc. Stop the rip off companies and we could go on and on.
    Now if that’s right wing then that’s me and proud of it.
    I call it being fair to all and being accountable.

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