MP vows to carry on hospital campaign

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Corby and East Northants’ new MP says he wants to step up his fight to protect services at Kettering General Hospital.

Andy Sawford has raised concerns in Parliament about the future of the accident and emergency and maternity services at the hospital, which is part of a review carried out by Healthier Together into health service provision in the region.

Mr Sawford has also revealed he wants to work with a neighbouring Conservative MP.

“It’s all moving forward on a whole number of fronts,” said Mr Sawford, who has collected a 6,000-signature petition asking that services remain in Kettering. Mr Sawford said he had presented the petition to Healthier Together and hopes to present it on the floor of the House of Commons.

He has argued that if accident and emergency provision was located in Northampton, his constituents would lose out.

He asked: “If it is removed from Kettering, what are the implications for the people of Corby and East Northants?

“If you have to travel along the A43, that’s not acceptable, particularly for Corby people.”

Mr Sawford also revealed he had met Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, to discuss their shared concerns for the hospital.

He said: “I have met Mr Hollobone and we’ll be working together once we have worked out what action we both support.”

Camilla Bashaarat, from the Healthier Together programme, said the organisation benefited from a close relationship with all local MPs.

She added: “We are liaising with Mr Sawford about meeting up in the very near future when we can discuss the commitment we both share in ensuring that local people receive health services of the highest quality that meet local needs and that are sustainable for at least the next 10 years.”