Glossopdale MP Ruth George presented the Save Our Shire Hill Hospital petition to Parliament last week, paying tribute to everyone who took part in the campaign.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening, Ruth said:
“I would like to present a petition, signed by 4,670 people, residents of the United Kingdom and Glossopdale, to the House of Commons to save our Shire Hill Hospital.
“It declares opposition to the closure of the Shire Hill Hospital in Glossop as the only credible option in the consultation given. I pay tribute to the staff of Shire Hill and the people of Glossop, who have spent weeks and months campaigning and getting these signatures.”
The petition asks the House of Commons to urge the Government to rule the consultation invalid and to enable Shire Hill Hospital to continue its excellent rehabilitation service.
“I was delighted that neighbouring MP Andrew Gwynne joined me in the Chamber when I presented the petition and I know that I also have the support of Tameside MPs Angela Rayner and Jonathan Reynolds too,” said Ruth.
You can watch Ruth present the petition here: https://goo.gl/ajStwh
“I have now submitted an application for a debate on the proposals for both Shire Hill and Cavendish Hospitals and hope that I will get the debate timetabled soon so I can raise all the crucial arguments with Health Ministers directly.
“I am very sorry that there is a key vote in Parliament scheduled for Wednesday evening at 7pm so I will be unable to make the second Public Meeting that I called for, but I will be submitting questions to the CCG and continuing to make the case for Shire Hill and for more health services in Glossop.”