AMBER RUDD AND THE TALE OF THE TWO PETITIONS..

On 17th August a local Hastings resident and Labour party supporter Erica Smith started a petition to save her local NHS walk-in health centre. Which the local Clinical Commissioning Group are currently considering closing down and advising people to use their already over stretched local A&E.

The petition says ‘The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that provide healthcare in our area have been placed in ‘special financial measures’ – this means they have to find savings of £18m. One of the proposed cuts to save this money is to close the Walk-In Healthcare Centre at Station Plaza. This centre is used by many of the most vulnerable people in our town especially, but also by many others who can’t get on a GP list, because of the GP shortage in Hastings.

Ms Smith asked local MP and ex-Home secretary Amber Rudd to sign and support the petition.

But instead Amber Rudd ( who only has a majority of 346 votes) decided (without irony) to start her own petition to save the walk-in centre and to make matters worse, in order to sign her petition constituents must pay a fee of $3 (around £2.64).

Currently the original petition has over 1,600 signatures. Mrs Rudd’s has 99 signatures.

If you would like to sign the ‘free’ petition click on link

http://www.change.org/p/hastings-and-rother-clinical-commissioning-group-keep-hastings-station-plaza-walk-in-health-centre

1 thought on “AMBER RUDD AND THE TALE OF THE TWO PETITIONS..

  1. Hello! It was me (Erica Smith) that set up the change.org petition. We’ve currently got nearly 3,000 signatures, I just checked the petition Amber Rudd MP set up and she has 224 signatures.
    I don’t like spreading fake news, so just to clarify, I have been told by others that you can sign her i-petition for free, but certainly when I tried to leave a comment, I got a pop-up window asking for a minimum of $3 and I couldn’t see any way to close the window without paying. I don’t know who the $3 goes to.
    I’ve also emailed my MP (Amber Rudd) to ask when her meeting about the walk-in centre is going to be, but I haven’t heard back from her yet.

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