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Maldon District Council responds to local NHS services consultation

Published on Friday, 15th March 2024

Cllr Richard Siddall, Leader of the Council

Last night, (14 March) at a Council meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee, there was approval of the Council’s response to the Mid and South Essex local NHS services consultation.

Maldon District Council Leader, Cllr Richard Siddall said; “It is vital that community hospital and outpatient services remain in the district. Maldon District Councillors are passionate about this consultation and feel that the NHS has allowed St Peter’s hospital to deteriorate over a period of many years.

“However, as the local authority we are looking at what services could potentially remain in the district and if the Council’s buildings could provide a viable and accessible home to outpatient services, as we are determined to prevent services leaving the district.

“This doesn’t mean that Maldon District Council doesn’t want to see new NHS health hub developments come forward, to meet the needs of our residents for now and the future, but sadly, we believe that such a development is not going to be ready in time for the proposed changes. We simply cannot let services leave the district. We will continue to work with the NHS and with Essex County Council to do our best to prevent this from happening.

“I’m pleased to see the NHS’s consultation has been extended until the 4th April and I urge residents to take part and to give their views. The Council has submitted its response, and this is available on our website to view here.”