Dulwich Health Centre to be named after late MP Tessa Jowell

Katherine Johnston (24 September, 2019) Health

'A fitting tribute to a much-loved and greatly missed public figure'

21939A 3D impression of the health centre

Dulwich’s new health centre will be named after the late local MP who dedicated 20 years campaigning for it to be built – Tessa Jowell.

In a public vote, residents chose to name the centre after the Labour MP from a shortlist of six, including Peckham GP and civil rights activist Dr Harold Moody.

The Dulwich and West Norwood MP and former Health Minister was a psychiatric social worker before her parliamentary career, spanning 1992- 2015.

She also played a major role in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and dedicated her final months, while suffering from brain cancer, to lobbying for more treatments on the NHS.

Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group chair Dr Jonty Heaversedge said: “The result of the public vote is testament to Tessa’s legacy, not just as a diligent local MP, but as a prominent health campaigner, who advocated for a new health centre on the site for more than two decades.

“The decision is also a poignant reminder of the high esteem in which Tessa continues to be held by local people and is a fitting tribute to a much-loved and greatly missed public figure.

Tessa Jowell Health Centre will open in spring 2020.

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