Leicester Mercury

MP to meet minister over hospital


ALBERTO Costa is to meet the new Secretary of State for Health, Sajid Javid, to discuss the future of the “vital” Feilding Palmer Hospital in Lutterwort­h, which has been threatened with closure in recent years.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the MP for South Leicesters­hire asked the new Health Secretary to meet with him in order to discuss the future of the hospital which is being used as a vaccinatio­n hub.

Mr Costa recently hailed the success of his campaign to lobby local NHS bosses to reopen the town’s hospital following its temporary closure in May last year.

The hospital was reopened as a designated Hospital Vaccinatio­n Hub in January.

In responding, the Health Secretary said he “recognised the importance of local hospitals” and welcomed the ‘fantastic job’ being done by NHS staff and volunteers at the hospital in administer­ing vaccinatio­ns. Mr Costa said: “The town’s hospital is vital to the health and wellbeing of my constituen­ts.

“I look forward to meeting with the Health Secretary in early course to ensure the hospital returns to full operationa­l capacity as soon as it safe to do so.”

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