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MP welcomes cash being re-invested in town health care

Tuesday, 24th July 2012.

On the eve of the closure of the Crown Health Centre in Haverhill, it has been announced that £500,000 is to be invested in major improvements to the town's health centre in Camps Road.

The town's MP Matthew Hancock has expressed his satisfaction at the news that £500,000 of the £1.2million saved by the closure is to be re-invested in the Haverhill Health Centre, which is to undergo major renovation work.

The funding will come via the new West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, the GP-led body that replaces the primary care trust NHS Suffolk as part of the Government's health reforms.

The PCT, which announced the closure of the Crown centre and refused to re-invest savings into Haverhill, is being abolished.

Matthew has strongly pushed for savings from the closure of the Crown Health centre to be put back into the town, to ensure that Haverhill continues to receive the healthcare service it deserves.

His priority is that Haverhill, soon to be the fourth largest town in Suffolk, receives its fair share of NHS Suffolk’s budget, which is receiving a £24 million increase this year.

The campaign to secure better healthcare in Haverhill, which Matthew has backed, has had very strong local support.

Commenting on the announcement, Matthew said: "Thanks to the tireless local campaign, which I strongly supported, Haverhill will now see half a million pounds ploughed back into the town's healthcare.

"This shows that the new NHS bosses are listening to patients' and GPs' concerns. We must continue to fight for Haverhill's healthcare - but this shows what united action can achieve."

The Crown Health Centre closes on Saturday.

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