Local MP, Priti Patel, and Witham Town Council are calling on Essex County Council (ECC) and Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust (MEHT) to work together to install a new bus route for patients and relatives to Broomfield Hospital from Witham. Priti commented:
“Witham is the only major town in Essex to not have a direct bus link to a Hospital. Town residents often tell me how difficult they find travelling to Broomfield to either attend appointments or visit loved ones.
With a growing and ageing population, Witham’s demand for better access to Broomfield is increasing. Having no transport provision is totally inadequate and ultimately wastes taxpayers money as the elderly, vulnerable and those most in need of healthcare cannot afford the substantial cost of a taxi to attend appointments made for them by their GP.
I now expect ECC, MEHT and local transport providers to come together and agree on a new bus route which will improve patient access for the Town.”
Councillor Angela Killmartin, who chaired the recent Improving Witham Healthcare Facilities Working Group meeting, said:
“My colleagues on the Town Council and I have long insisted on a new bus route that links the Town to Broomfield. It is imperative for staff, patients and visitors.
As a society, we simply cannot expect Witham residents to continue to struggle to attend Hospital appointments, see their relatives or get to work. We must get this transport link to improve access for all of Witham’s residents.”