On Saturday 6 August West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper joined 38 Degrees campaigners for a Day of Action campaigning against West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group’s plans to privatise urgent care services, including the urgent care centre at Ormskirk Hospital, Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre and potentially community services.
MP Rosie is also opposed to the decision to exclude Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust from bidding for both services, which they currently deliver, and the destabilising effect this will have on the future of the hospital.
Speaking after the campaign action day, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Thank you to the 38 Degrees campaigners for organising this street stall. We had a brilliant response from local residents who wanted to express their opposition to these proposals.
“Speaking to people as they signed the petitions, they are very concerned about the future of health services in their community for them and their families.
“West Lancashire CCG and the GPs who supported this decision to privatise local health services whilst destabilising the future of the local hospital need to listen to the voices of local residents opposed to their plans.
“They need to be accountable for the decisions they are taking in the name of, and with the money of, West Lancashire residents.
“My message to local residents is please make your voice heard if you are opposed to the privatisation of your health services and the damage to the hospital’s future then add your name to the petition.”
You sign the petition online at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-privatising-our-hospital-and-nhs-services