Jenny Chapman MP

JENNY CHAPMAN

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Our fight against £22billion cuts to the NHS

The campaign against potential cuts to services at Darlington Memorial Hospital is one close to Jenny's heart.

Not only is the NHS is one of our great national institutions, but, she says, "both my patents worked at the Memorial Hospital, my children were born there and my father and grandmother died there".

So the prospect of the hospital's maternity, A&E and other services being downgraded is a personal issue, as well as a political one.

"After years of serious under-funding and mismanagement," she says, "I am very concerned by the Government's plans to make £22billion efficiency savings by 2020/21."

NHS England calls the proposals "Sustainability and Transformation Plans" or "STPs". Local people fear these STPs will mean more staff cuts and damage to services.

Yes, there's a case for coordinating health and social care, but the STPs process is shrouded in secrecy, she says.

"I am determined to do all I can to bring the public into this debate and make their voices heard. in support of protecting our local services. That is why I am working hard to support the SOS Darlington campaign.

"My colleagues in the Shadow Health Team have secured an Opposition Day debate on the issue, with a motion calling on the Government to publish its STP plans and provide an adequate consultation period."

The Tories voted this down.

"SOS Darlington is working with me to raise awareness of this across the town and in the surrounding communities. We are putting pressure on the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust to find a solution  which supports our local hospital and works for the people of Darlington."

To find out more, email SOSDarlington@outlook.com, like and share the Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at  @SOSDarlo.

Save Our Services (SOS) Darlington has a banner for people to sign, which is kept at Jenny's office, 40a Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG. You are invited to drop in and sign it during working hours.

 

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