Rosie Cooper MP has welcomed new legal rights for patients that have come into effect in 2010.
The new rights will comprise of seeing a cancer specialist within 2 weeks if your GP suspects you may have cancer, and all treatment, for any illness, should be within 18 weeks of GP referral. These new guidelines will be phased in from April 2010.
Rosie Cooper MP said: “In 2010 the Labour Government is going to give more power to patients. With legally enforceable rights for patients, this is a big step forward for patient rights and puts a lot more power in patient’s hands.
“It will mean that, by law, if our local NHS Trust cannot meet these guarantees they will have to find you somewhere else to treat you as soon as possible, even if it is in the private sector.
“I want to go even further than these guarantees. I support Labour’s cancer pledge which is to give people the legal right to get tested for cancer and get results within one week of seeing your GP. What a great relief that would be to worried patients and their families. We also want to bring in the right to see a GP at weekends or in the evening, and to abolish practice boundaries for good.
“With this new power, patients can be certain that they will receive the same high standards of care. This is about real power for patients in West Lancashire.”
Rosie has campaigned for a better deal on health services in West Lancashire. She has worked hard to secure a new urgent care centre in Ormskirk, which opened last month, extra NHS dental places, and the rejection of plans to merge Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust with Aintree and Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Trusts.