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Hospital petition handed in

Mhde-02-11-13 protest Nov04  Protest led by Viv Crouch, heading out from Denetre  hospital.

Mhde-02-11-13 protest Nov04 Protest led by Viv Crouch, heading out from Denetre hospital.

A petition signed by more than 1,000 Daventry people to bring back cardiac services to Danetre Hospital has been handed in to the Government.

A campaign and petition was launched earlier this year following the closure of the cardiac rehab service at the hospital in London Road.

Viv Crouch, who used to run the Cardiac Rehab Unit, has spearheaded the campaign and organised a petition which was signed by just over 1,280 people.

Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, handed in the petition to the House of Commons on Tuesday evening.

Mr Heaton-Harris stressed the importance of the petition and mentioned Mrs Crouch in his speech, describing her as a ‘fantastic campaigner’.

Speaking to the Gusher, Mr Heaton-Harris said: “I am very pleased that people are behind Viv’s campaign.

“The petition will now put extra pressure on the Government and highlight the campaign.”

The petition states that the House of Commons should urge the Government to reintroduce the service for people with heart problems as soon as possible.

The unit was set up in 2005 and funded by the National Lottery.

It closed on April 24 this year after funding ran out, leaving patients having to travel to Kettering.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “I’m confident we will get some kind of cardiac rehab service back and hope it would be of the same standard.”

Mrs Crouch said: “This is brilliant news and I thank the people who took the time to sign the petition over the last few months.

“I would like to thank Chris Heaton-Harris for taking our issues of concern, since the service of cardiac rehab closed at Danetre earlier this year, to the house.”

 

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