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MP welcomes decision to press ahead with hospital

'Plans have support of local residents' says Primarolo

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, has welcomed the Primary Care Trust's decision to press ahead with plans for a South Bristol Hospital.

"The PCT has conducted a thorough consultation with residents, which has enabled them to make some important decisions on the hospital plans", Dawn said today. "I am pleased that this dialogue will continue through the next phase of planning and that serious attention is being given to involving residents in the running of the hospital".

Ms Primarolo conducted her own survey of residents alongside this consultation, the results of which reflect the PCT's recommendations. Key findings of the survey:

  • By a margin of 3:1 respondents preferred the Hengrove Park site.
  • A general recognition that the General Hospital is outdated and must close, although questions were asked about how the site would be used afterwards.
  • Support for the role played by the Knowle West Health Park in providing local health services.
  • The new hospital will be more convenient, but urgent attention needs to be given to the issues of parking and public transport.

The overwhelming theme running through the responses, however, was a mix of enthusiasm and impatience to see the project delivered without delay.

Ms Primarolo said: "After all the years of waiting, the people of South Bristol want to see this important new facility delivered. Now is not the time for political games and wrecking tactics. I will continue to do all I can to support and guide the Primary Care Trust and City Council through the next stages of this project, and I hope that elected representatives - of all parties - will be doing the same".

[22 April 2004]

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