30 Jan Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price backs plans for better health services
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price has given her support to NHS proposals which will see services currently provided at Orsett relocated to new health centres in Purfleet, Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.
Jackie said, “I have to attend Orsett hospital 3 or 4 times a year for one reason or another. As I have a car it doesn’t cause me difficulty. Many patients do not have access to a car. This is a fundamental issue of fairness. I want more people to be able to access health services locally. The luxury of being able to walk to access treatment shouldn’t just be a right enjoyed by the people of Orsett. I want to see the same right extended to residents in Grays, Tilbury, Purfleet and Corringham. Not only that they will be using brand new state of the art health centres with hospital serves running alongside GP services. This will lend itself to better care and better health.”
She added “I appreciate there is a sentimental attachment to Orsett. But the right place to locate health services in the 1950s is not necessarily the right place to locate in the 21st century. It is simply unarguable that we must locate health services where people live. As the facilities at Orsett are outdated and much of the building is empty, it is time to move these services and improve our health facilities.”
The proposals have been carefully considered by Basildon Hospital, by the local Clinical commissioners and by NHS England as offering the best way of delivering improved health services.