Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

04/10/05 HEALTH IN WEST LANCASHIRE NEEDS A STRONGER VOICE THAN O

Rosie Cooper MP is fighting West Lancashire residents’ corner to ensure the reconfiguration of Primary Care Trusts and local health services can meet the needs of local residents.

Over the past few weeks the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority have recently undertaken a consultation on the reconfiguration of health services. They are proposing a single Primary Care Trust to match the existing Lancashire County Council boundaries.

As part of the consultation process Rosie Cooper entered a submission to the Strategic Health Authority that stated she could not support the proposal for a single Primary Care Trust. Instead Rosie put her support behind the West Lancashire PCT proposal for three Primary Care Trusts.

Rosie Cooper MP said on the issue:

“I feel a Primary Care Trust that would cover 1.1 million people would be detrimental for the health needs of West Lancashire residents. Other PCTs in the Strategic Health Authority area will cover populations of less than 200,000 people, which means that the health needs of these areas can be debated and represented more effectively. I do not believe that the voice of patients in West Lancashire will be heard in a PCT covering 1.1 million people."

"The single biggest question arising from this proposal is – will a single Primary Care Trust covering Lancashire not prove to be potentially too large to operate effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of local people?"

"I firmly believe that the people of West Lancashire and more broadly the people of Lancashire would be better served by having three Primary Care Trusts as proposed by West Lancashire Primary Care Trust or at the very least two Primary Care Trusts.” 

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