Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

29/11/05 TIME TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD, SAYS LOCAL LABOUR MP ROS

Labour MP Rosie Cooper is calling on local people to make their voices heard by saying No To Merger. Rosie has started a petition as part of the campaign to ensure the people of West Lancashire do not lose out when it comes to health services for the future.

This issue will be debated in Parliament this week when Rosie leads on a debate with Health Minister, Liam Byrne, to discuss her concerns over the proposed merger and the implications for the people of West Lancashire. Rosie will be joined by MPs from Liverpool, Cheshire and Warrington whose constituents will be affected by this merger and other such mergers proposed by Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

Rosie will argue that merger is an easy option but it not the best option for the people of West Lancashire. Simply merging Trusts will not cure the debt problems and the causes of the debt.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“I believe merger will fail – fail the people of West Lancashire and fail the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust. I want local people to use their power and make their voices heard on this issue. That is why we must Say No To Merger.”

“We must have an open and rigorous debate on the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust that includes local people and allows them to have their say. It cannot be left to health service executives to make the decisions then present them to local people.”

“What we should be doing is tackling the real problems and keeping a voice and health services as local as possible.”

“I do not want West Lancashire residents to bear the brunt of a failed merger as people have in other places across the country. The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trusts, in which there was a vote of no confidence, is an example of where a merger failed to deliver for local people. Another example is in Leeds, the result of merger there was the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust received a no star rating.”

“The Say No To Merger petition is just the start of the campaign but it is one opportunity for local people to make a clear statement they will not accept having their voice taken away when it comes to local health services.”

Rosie is asking for Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority to reject any proposal for merger but instead consider how we can make Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust work more effectively. This way the local people have a say in local services.

If you want to make your voice heard and contribute to the campaign then call Rosie Cooper’s constituency office on 01695 570094 or write to Rosie Cooper MP, 127 Burscough Street, Lancashire, L39 2EP for a copy of the petition.

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