This morning I met with Jim Martin (Chairman) and Caroline Shaw (Chief Executive) at The Christie Trust Headquarters. They wanted to let me know about their plans to bring a high beam proton therapy service to The Christie. There are likely to be 2 sites, with one in London, and the other in the North. The Christie is the obvious choice, and I will certainly be backing plans to bring it to The Christie.
While I was there I also took the opportunity to raise the on-going problems of parking around the hospital. Although the situation has improved with the introduction of the multi-storey carpark, there are still problems on some of the surrounding streets, while spaces still remain in the new carpark. I've been assured that extra permits have been issued, and there are more to be issued soon. I hope that this will help to alleviate the problem further, because parking problems remain a cause of great concern for those local residents who have cars parked outside their houses from early morning until the evening, often restricting access to their drive.
Before travelling down to London for the Queen's Speech I went to meet some Burnage residents outside the Burnage Health Centre to support the campaign against closing the walk-in centre. Local people are very angry that the PCT have decided to close the walk-in centre without any proper consultation. The first I knew about it was when a constituent rang me. They only knew because they happened to go to the centre and were told about it by staff.
This is no way to treat patients and staff. Nor is it acceptable to try to make these cuts without letting people know what is happening and giving them a chance to object. I know that the Labour Government is desperate to avoid being portrayed as a party of cuts, but the PCT cannot simply cut services and hope that no one will notice.