CAMPAIGNERS fighting the proposed closure of Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre handed over a petition with more than 4,500 names to health chiefs last week.
The petition was given to David Sharp, chief executive of NHS Derbyshire County and Mark Todd, Chairman of the Primary Care Trust (PCT), at trust headquarters in Chesterfield on Friday afternoon.
It contained over 4,660 signatures calling on the PCT to maintain services at Corbar, which is currently being reviewed by the trust as part of plans to make significant savings as demand for NHS services increases.
The signatures were collected across the High Peak and included over 250 of the forms which have been printed in the Buxton Advertiser since our Hands Off Corbar campaign began in May.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said: “I was delighted that we obtained over 4,500 signatures on the petition to keep Corbar open, and I was pleased to personally hand the petition over to David Sharp and Mark Todd.
“It shows them very clearly the amount of support that the birth centre has. I had a meeting with both gentlemen prior to the handover and once again stressed the need to retain the facility at Corbar.
“I, and I know others, will continue to keep the pressure up on them and look forward to the public meetings on 30th September and 3rd October when I am sure many local people will be in attendance to show their support. I would like to thank everyone who helped on the action day and since to gather such a huge amount of signatures.”
A formal engagement process about the future of Corbar Birth Centre is currently underway and runs until October 23. Local residents can have their say online, by email, post or by attending one of the public meetings that will take place over the coming weeks.
An engagement form, which asks for people’s views on the services received, the PCT’s funding of the services and for their concerns and how they can be addressed should Corbar close in the future, is available online at www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk or by calling 0800 032 32 35.
Public meetings will be held at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Friday, September 30 from 9.30am to 11.30am and Monday, October 3, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
A final decision will be made by the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster Board in November.