Good news today – as the Echo reports:
BLOOD testing is to stay local in south Essex after a long fought campaign.
Congrats to the Echo for their efforts on this, also to former Rayleigh Councillor John Gibson for his campaigning, and to Castle Point Borough Council for passing a motion opposing this.
But no credit to Rochford District Council – who refused to take a view! When pressed on this by Chris Black at the last full council, Tory leader Terry Cutmore responded:
Responding to a question on the proposed move of GP blood testing facilities from Basildon and Southend to Bedford, the Leader advised that the Council?s position had not changed since this question was raised at the last scheduled Council meeting. While it was clearly vital the residents continued to have access to the correct blood tests in a timely manner, it was also the case that all public bodies had to make savings. The decision on the future of blood testing was one that would be made by the Clinical Commissioning Groups who were better placed to take an informed decision.