On Friday 19th of October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Rainham Health Centre to meet with The Patients Committee. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the current situation and ongoing issues at the centre. The Patients Committee have become extremely concerned with diminishing services at the health centre and wanted to express their concerns to Jon with hope of help from their local MP.

Blood tests services and district nurse services have been taken away from Rainham Health Centre, which has become a huge problem for residents - especially elderly patients who struggle to travel to Elm Park Clinic which is now the closest place to have bloods taken.

Other concerns were discussed, such as Rainham’s growing population which is causing a strain on the GP surgery. Dr Abdullah’s surgery which operates from Rainham Health Centre is the only doctor’s surgery operating in Rainham Village. Other surgeries are located on Upminster Road North and in South Hornchurch ward. The surgery currently has no authority over parking or pavements outside the centre which need urgent repair and there have been instances of fly tipping on site.

It was discussed and agreed that two separate urgent meetings need to be made. The first being between Jon Cruddas MP and Havering’s CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) and the second being between Jon Cruddas MP and NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) to discuss all concerns. The meetings are imminent, and Jon is committed to helping the patients and staff at Rainham Health Centre.