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Maudsley Hospital Emergency Unit

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 18th May 2007.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Attorney General, Party Chair, Liberal Democrats 2:33 pm, 18th May 2007

I have two petitions to present.

The first is the petition of the residents of the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Croydon, Lewisham and others about the Maudsley hospital 24-hour emergency unit. I will hand in the many pages of signatures in a moment.

The petition states:

The Petition...declares the Petitioners' serious concerns about the decision to close the 24-hour emergency mental health clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill in Camberwell.

The Petitioners further declare their anxiety that new replacement facilities at King's College Hospital will not be ready for a further 18 months and that even then they may not constitute an adequate replacement.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Health to postpone the closure of the 24 hour emergency mental health clinic until the incoming Prime Minister and health ministers have an opportunity to review the situation.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.