Following the recent general election, the campaign to save Glenfield children’s heart centre has put together a template letter which can be sent out to your new MPs to find out whether they and their party will commit to opposing the closure of Glenfield
Should we face another general election (not uncommon after such a close race), knowing which of our MPs and which parties support the campaign will be of great use to the campaign.
Please feel free to use or amend the text as you see fit, and please get back to us with any results.
Dear [insert name],
You will know that NHS England proposes to end surgery at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre and that it is currently consulting on these proposals.
Our campaign has worked alongside the University Hospitals Leicester Trust, patients and their families, staff, trade unionists and many members of the public and other campaigners. We helped collect the 130,000 signatures on a parliamentary petition calling for a review into the decision.
We have also organised a number of public meetings and protests of up to 2,000 people and are currently encouraging people to participate in the consultation by NHS England.
I appreciate that your time is limited, but we think it will be a quick and easy job for you to reply to the following question:
What will you do to oppose the proposed ending of surgery at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre at Glenfield Hospital?
If, after the consultation, NHS England decides to end these operations at Glenfield then local authority health scrutiny committees have the power to refer it to the Secretary of State for Health. This means that there would be ultimate political control over and responsibility for the decision.
Will you campaign for you party to not only oppose its closure, but also to commit to reversing the NHS England proposal?
Thanks in anticipation.