Duncan has launched a campaign to support the plan by Chippenham's GPs to open an Urgent Care Centre at Chippenham Hospital.
Having secured the agreement of the Secretary of Health that he would look again at the proposals, previously rejected by Conservative ministers, Duncan now wants to add his constituents' voice to his through a direct petition to the House of Commons.
A petition to the Commons is an unusual step but will ensure the issue is directly raised on the floor of the Commons and brought to the attention of Government Ministers.
"This winter has shown that despite the amazing work by NHS staff and additional resources more capacity is needed to ensure people can see a doctor when they need one" says Duncan Hames. "I am very disappointed that these plans did not receive funding when first submitted so we must not now lose this chance to improve local health care services and relieve pressure on A&E departments in Bath and Swindon."
Duncan will present the petition to the House of Commons soon so we need to get as many voices as possible to ensure decision makers this time back the Urgent Care Centre plan.
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of residents of the Chippenham constituency,
Declares that an Urgent Care Centre at Chippenham Hospital is needed to improve access to urgent health services and to relieve pressure on nearby Accident and Emergency departments.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to fund an Urgent Care Centre at Chippenham Hospital as proposed by Chippenham’s GPs.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.