JACK LOPRESTI, the Conservative MP for Filton & Bradley Stoke, has vowed to fight for the future of a vital South Gloucestershire hospital, during a specially-convened Parliamentary debate. Jack delivered his impassioned speech during the 30-minute debate, held on the afternoon on Wednesday, July 14th, into the future of Frenchay Hospital, which lies in his new constituency.
The debate, where Health Minister Simon Burns MP was expected to respond, was called to try and clarify what plans have been put in place for the future of the hospital. It follows a decision, made in 2005, to downgrade Frenchay to a Community Hospital, while nearby Southmead was chosen as the preferred site for the area's new acute hospital.
In February, contracts were signed between a private finance consortium and the North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs the two sites, and work commenced shortly after.
During his speech Jack said that, come 2014, when the downgrading is complete, he believed it would come to represent how Labour let down every single one of my constituents by denying them the chance for a good local hospital to treat their growing needs.
However, he vowed that, although it is unlikely those plans will not go ahead, he would continue to fight on behalf of his constituents to ensure that Frenchay would keep the best services possible in the future.
Jack also paid tribute to the Save Frenchay Hospital group, saying: "All I can say is that their work will not be in vain.
We will fight, and together we will win the battle to keep the best services possible for Frenchay in the future."
Speaking after the debate, Jack said: "Frenchay is, in every sense of the word, my local hospital and I know only too well the real concern felt by us all over these moves.
It is imperative that we have access to good local healthcare facilities, which is what has been offered by Frenchay to the local communities and they are rightly concerned about the future.
Yet even thought it seems that the decision to downgrade Frenchay has been signed and sealed, it doesn't mean we can not continue to fight for its future – and this is what I promise to do."
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