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3000+ support community hospital campaign

Bristol South MP presents strong case to Health Authority

Dawn Primarolo has taken her campaign for a South Bristol Community Hospital straight to the top of the local Health Authority.

At a meeting this morning, the MP presented a petition of over 3000 names to Health Authority boss, Geoff Scaife, together with letters of support from local residents, groups and councillors.

Speaking afterwards, Dawn said:

"South Bristol needs a community hospital - our case is undeniable. I've called for action since before I was elected MP because many of my constituents have particularly acute health problems and find it difficult to access our current hospital services, all of which are located in the north and centre of the city".

"I'm not alone in saying this, either. With over 3000 people signing the petition in just a few weeks, and others writing to tell me why a hospital is important to them, this campaign has really struck a chord with my constituents".

"Our message to the Strategic Health Authority is simply this: with so much extra money going into the NHS over the next few years, let's seize this rare opportunity and address the long-overlooked needs of South Bristol".

Chief Executive of Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, Geoff Scaife, commented:

"I am delighted to receive this petition and am conscious that the campaign ahs been running for some time. It is entirely appropriate that this should be led by the local MP on her constituents' behalf".

"The Strategic Health Authority is expecting proposals imminently from the Bristol South & West Primary Care Trust for a significant hospital development in South Bristol. We will take the petition and what lies behind it into account when considering these".

[19 September 2003]

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