I am very selective regarding which cause or campaign I add my signature to. There can be a tendency for politicians to jump on every passing bandwagon or become a rent a quote on every given subject.
By being selective, if my name is added to a cause or campaign then I believe that this gives residents the assurance that it is something that I believe in. Sometimes campaigns are like buses, in that you can wait ages for one and then two come along at once. Over the past few months there have been a couple of campaigns that I have believed in, the fight to save the Shoebury Delivery Office in George Street and now keeping blood tests local in Southend.
Bedford Hospital, some 90 miles away from Southend, have been announced as the preferred bidder by the regional Health Authority to screen blood tests. This means that all blood test screening currently undertaken at Southend and Basildon Hospitals will now transfer to Bedford Hospital. This will lead to inevitable delays with a real fear by many that lives could be put at risk.
The local Southend Echo have set up an e-petition in a bid to get 100,000 signatures to force a debate in parliament on the issue. I added my name yesterday, you can add yours too by clicking here.