Keep our minor injuries units open urge local residents as petition is handed to MP Lucy Frazer

Petition about the MIU units is handed to MP Lucy Frazer. Pictured left to right: Helen Wright, Emma

Petition about the MIU units is handed to MP Lucy Frazer. Pictured left to right: Helen Wright, Emma Watson, Lucy Frazer QC MP, and Councillor Lis Every. - Credit: Archant

Thousands of signatures gathered at Ely market place, schools and community groups have been handed to MP Lucy Frazer in support of keeping the local minor injuries unit open.

Included were 700 signatures collected in Haddenham by Olive Phelps and the late Geraldine Smith.

Campaigner Helen Wright said: “Every signature represented the strength of feeling in total support of retaining the MIUs.

“Many had used the Ely MIU recently.

“Some, with young families, had used it frequently. ‘Will I really have to go to Addenbrooke’s, with all the pressure on that hospital already?’, was a frequent question.”

A petition was begun by local resident Emma Watson as soon as she heard the leaked news of the possible threat to the MIU.

The petition, aimed at pressing the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG to rethink, was handed to them at a public meeting in August.

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Emma said: ‘Ely’s MIU provides a critical service to the residents of our local rural community, which takes some of the pressure away from A&E departments at Addenbrooke’s and the Queen Elizabeth hospitals.

“I’m pleased that discussions about the future of Ely’s MIU appear to be moving in a positive direction, meanwhile it’s imperative that our local community continue to make appropriate use of the MIU.”

Lucy Frazer MP, who has also been working to ensure the services at the Princess of Wales are retained, said : “The strength of feeling to keep Ely’s MIU is clear.

“I have had many discussions with the CCG and others about its future over the past months.

“I am pleased that the CCG are making steps in the right direction and I will continue to fight to ensure that services continue at the Princess of Wales.”

An electronic petition, started by Carol Harley-Griffith, on the Parliamentary Petition website in support of the MIUs at Ely, Doddington and Wisbech, remains open until Feb 2 next year as per the conditions of the website.

Currently there are 3,655 signatures registered.

• Helen urged people to sign the petition as the future of MIUs at the Princess of Wales hospital Ely, in Doddington and Wisbech is by no means fully secured yet.