On the 7th of January, I presented a 10 minute rule Bill to the House of Commons to give communities the opportunity to own their own community hospitals.
I have long campaigned for Dover and Deal to have a fair share of healthcare and have ran long-term campaigns to see the creation of a new hospital in Dover and save the local hospital in Deal. However, ours is not the only community interested in safeguarding their localhealth services. Local communities, like Deal, should become more fully involved in the future of their local community hospitals, raising money for their improvement and helping choose the services provided. This is the primary aim of my Bill.
This Bill would make it more difficult for NHS bosses to close down local community hospitals, such as Deal hospital, when this is at odds with the wishes of the local community. I made this clear in my speech to the House presenting the Bill.
We need to return to this model and give communities a chance to have full involvement once again.
It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. I hope to be re-elected to serve our community for another term.
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