Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley presented a petition with 1,602 signatures to the House of Commons yesterday, calling for NHS England to provide a radiotherapy facility at Lister Hospital in Stevenage. The aim of this petition, in parallel with similar petitions by Stephen McPartland and Sir Oliver Heald, is to relieve constituents needing radiotherapy from having to make the lengthy journey to Mount Vernon.

    “I would like to present a petition from my constituents in Hitchin and Harpenden, who are concerned about the tiring and lengthy journey to London that many cancer patients requiring radiotherapy have to make, sometimes daily. They call for a satellite radiotherapy centre to be established at the Lister Hospital,” said Peter, speaking in the House of Commons. “The petition is similar to one presented by my honourable Friend Stephen McPartland and my honourable and learned Friend Sir Oliver Heald and has 1,602 signatures.

    The petition states: “The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage NHS England to provide a radiotherapy facility at Lister Hospital in Stevenage in order to make the journey for radiotherapy treatment much easier for patients who live in the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency.”

    “I would like to thank all those 1602 people who signed the petition, helping us to add weight to this campaign which we hope will lead to vital improvements in health services for our local community.”

    Peter Lilley handing in the petition