COMMISSIONING OF NEW HEALTH SERVICES
A number of constituents have been in touch with me about the lack of sufficient healthcare and the overall reduction of services in our local area.
Solihull Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) was recently closed temporarily to allow Solihull Hospital to become a Covid free site. This was to enable elective surgery to resume for those that had been placed on hold during the pandemic.
This was following the withdrawal of services at the Balsall Common Health Centre.
A new temporary facility was established in Chelmsley Wood to ensure an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) service is still available for residents of the Solihull Borough, however this is not easily accessible for a number of residents who lived in the south of the Meriden constituency.
Everybody appreciates the strains that Covid-19 has placed on the health systems, however the needs of the local population must still be met, and healthcare services need to be accessible.
Our doctors, nurses and key workers in the NHS have been nothing short of heroic during this pandemic.
I am simply calling on the CCG to provide greater services to ease the load on key workers and provide greater access to healthcare for my constituents.
I believe my constituents deserve better than to see the gradual withdrawal of yet more services from their local area. I have established this petition, along with the support of Meriden councillors Tony Dicicco, Ken Allsopp and Diane Howell, to show the strength of feeling on these issues amongst the local residents.
Currently, I do not believe the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is taking into account the geography and rural nature of the constituency in the decisions that are being made on provision and accessibility of vital health services.
Saqib Bhatti MBE MP