Derek has written to Steve Spoerry, Managing Director of NHS Halton & St Helens, to ask for a speedy resolution on deciding the future of the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre next to Halton Hospital.
He has also received numerous complaints from constituents about the unacceptable delay in sorting out the building's future, which, full of costly specialist equipment, requiring maintenance and security, has been left standing empty since May, when the 5 year fixed-term contract ceased with the provider who previously used the building.
"I share the exasperation of my constituents, who have contacted me to complain about the waste of this valued facility which could be used for elective surgery and for services run by GPs.
It is not surprising that there is widespread dissatisfaction with this situation, whereby the NHS had not planned ahead to ensure that the building remained fully utilised from the early summer; instead, the building has remained empty for over six months.
That is why I have written to the Head of the NHS in Halton & St Helens, Steve Spoerry, and tabled a Written Question in Parliament to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, to request a quick resolution of this unsatisfactory situation, and ensure that lessons are learnt from this fiasco to prevent a re-occurence in the future."