RUGBY’S MP has called on residents to push for better urgent healthcare provision in the town.
Mark Pawsey has launched a survey asking residents to give their feedback on emergency and urgent care provision in Rugby as part of his call to improve health services in the community.
The survey asks residents for their views on local urgent and emergency care services, as well as any patient experiences residents have had at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire – the nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department to Rugby.
Having drawn attention to a recent consultation on urgent care by Coventry and Warwickshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group. Mr Pawsey is asking residents to support him in building a case for the return of A&E to Rugby as the town continues to grow and expand.
He said: “As a resident of Rugby, I know how important good local health services are. According to the House of Commons Library, 83 per cent of those in the Rugby constituency live more than a 15-minute drive from an A&E department. This is because the A&E department at the Hospital of St Cross was downgraded in the late 1990s.
“Since I became Rugby’s MP in 2010, the town has grown considerably. This has brought more investment and more jobs into our community, as well as providing the homes for future generations to be able to live in.
“However, I have always said that as the town grows, it must be accompanied by investment in infrastructure and public services, and that must include at our local Hospital of St Cross.
“I hope that local residents will complete my survey so that I can build the case to both the local health authorities and to my colleagues in Government. The survey will run until November, and has already been completed by over 200 local residents.”
Visit www.markpawsey.org.uk/form/stx to complete the survey.