Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

16/05/06 ROSIE COOPER BELIEVES WEST LANCASHIRE WILL BE WELL SERV

West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, is delighted by the news Lancashire is to have three Primary Care Trusts, which is the option she supported from the beginning, as the best way to meet the health care needs of West Lancashire residents.

Rosie congratulated Health Ministers for making the correct decision on the reorganisation of the Primary Care Trusts. Rosie was very clear way back in September 2005 that the best way for local people to retain their say over local health services was to support Lancashire having three Primary Care Trusts. There was a strong proposal for a single PCT to cover the whole 1.1 million population of Lancashire which Rosie thought was much too big. However, the outcome of the consultation showed that a majority of submissions supported 3 PCT’s in Lancashire.

Rosie said:

“I am delighted with the news from the Government that we are to get three Primary Care Trusts for Lancashire. 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. The only factor that needs to be considered – what is in the best interests of local people and we now have it.”

“I always felt a Primary Care Trust that would cover 1.1 million people would not be good or local enough for the health needs of West Lancashire residents. I did not believe that the voice of patients in West Lancashire would be heard in a huge PCT covering 1.1 million people.”

“Over the years West Lancashire Primary Care Trust has delivered some real improvements in local health services. I hope that the new organisation will continue their excellent work.”

“It shows also that Government does listen to local people. The overwhelming majority of responses submitted as part of the consultation favoured this option. We can be successful if we all pull together. I congratulate everyone for all their hard work and the good sense shown by the government in listening to local people”

The area covered by the new PCT will include Chorley, Preston South Ribble, and West Lancashire and will be known as the Central Lancashire PCT. The new PCTs will come into operation on 1 October 2006.

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