High PeaK MP so pleased at promised return of mobile breast screening units
This has been a very difficult year, but I am glad that High Peak can enter 2021 with at least one piece of good news.
Following an extensive campaign, supported by a huge number of local residents, I am really pleased that the mobile breast cancer screening unit will be restored to the High Peak.
During the debate on breast cancer screening, which I led in Parliament just before the Christmas break, Jo Churchill MP, the health minister, made a public commitment that the breast cancer mobile screening unit will be reinstated to Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and New Mills by July at the latest.
While the NHS has previously said it hoped the withdrawal would be temporary, we all know that there is nothing more permanent than a temporary government measure.
This was the first public commitment by the Government to reinstate the service and it is a very welcome one.
As I said in response to the minister, I will be holding her feet to the fire to make certain that this promise is kept and that the screening is reinstated as soon as possible.
July is a long way away and I will keep pushing to get the mobile screening unit back to the High Peak much earlier than that if possible.
More than, 2,000 local people have signed my petition and I want to thank you all for your help in getting the right result for the High Peak.
But let’s keep the pressure up and work to get the mobile unit reinstated more quickly.
You can still sign my petition here.
In 2021, my focus is going to be on standing up for the High Peak.
The vaccine is being rolled out with increasing speed, including here in the High Peak.
That means there is real light at the end of the tunnel after such a difficult year.
I will also be focusing on the economic challenge created by the pandemic.
Helping local businesses get back on their feet and fighting for more long overdue investment in our area.
Whatever the new year brings, we’ll be stronger facing it together.
Robert Largan is MP for High Peak.