Health Secretary support (January 2012)

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley MP found time to visit Cutlers Hill Surgery during a recent tour of healthcare sites in Norfolk and Suffolk. He was impressed by the range of services offered and praised the way in which Halesworth provides healthcare that meets the needs of its local community at and close to home.

He endorsed the commitment to find local solutions – working with the NHS but with other partners too – tailoring plans specifically to address the problems we face:

  • the distance from any District General Hospital
  • rural isolation
  • on the border of different parliamentary, local government and health boundaries
  • the age balance in our population and the particular care needed for the high proportion of elderly people.

(For useful background go to the Making it Special, Problems and Solutions and Why Halesworth Health? pages.)

Following the Health Secretary’s visit the NHS commissioning bodies, HealthEast and NHS Norfolk and Waveney, began work on a commissioning approach to Halesworth’s health services.  Halesworth Health is working closely with them and a Strategic Outline Case will be presented for approval in May. The Getting Started pages tell you more.

Mr Lansley’s support, and that of fellow MPs Therese Coffey and Peter Aldous, boost Halesworth Health’s efforts to safeguard and develop our health and care services for people living in and around Halesworth.