Council’s leader has heart op

Lord Peter Smith

Lord Peter Smith

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WIGAN Council’s leader has thanked well-wishers for their kindness as he recovers from illness.

It emerged today that doctors discovered that Lord Peter Smith (pictured) had a heart problem while he was undergoing tests before an operation at Wigan Infirmary last month.

He had been admitted to hospital with problems caused by a bowel obstruction which needed immediate attention. And on discovering the “minor heart defect,” he was fitted with a pace maker.

The 65-year-old is now convalescing at his Leigh home while beginning to do some council work.

Last night he issued a message which read: “I have been touched and heartened by the number of people from a wide range of backgrounds who have sent their good wishes.

“My family and I cannot praise the staff at Wigan highly enough for their actions and care during my period in the infirmary. Everyone played their part in ensuring that I had excellent treatment in good quality facilities. We are fortunate to have the infirmary, with its recently improved facilities, to serve local needs.

“This experience has convinced me that what the NHS needs is not another major reorganisation, but to get everyone in health and care working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for all patients.”

He said he would require further treatment but has been told the problem is “fixable,” adding: “I can’t wait to be back in action but I recognise that I can only do so when I am fully fit again.”

He also thanked deputy leader Coun David Molyneux for stepping in in his absence.