Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone.
And as Parliament sits this week, we have the turbulence of further strike action by junior doctors. Whilst immediate action has been called off, this dispute between the junior doctors and the Health Secretary shows no sign of being permanently resolved. It is distressing for doctors and patients alike.
But - devastatingly - there is further bad news for our NHS. I am troubled by the latest reports of Sustainability and Transformation plans.
Put simply, these plans are being set up to meet the Government's demands for funding cuts to the NHS.
Though, bizarrely, they imply yet more reorganisation, as the Government seeks to close parts of hospitals, and undermine existing arrangements. The plans by-pass the very commissioning bodies that the last Tory Health Secretary spent so much cash setting up. And crucially, all of this does absolutely nothing to get more cash in the one place we need it: social care.
Our A&Es are straining at the seams because the Tories have cut councils - who are charged with preventing unnecessary hospital admission - to the bone. We have older people in hospital too long because there is insufficient care budget to help them home.
But the Tories in power just don't seem to get this. Or maybe they are determined to run down our health service so people feel (if they can) they have to go private.
We don't yet know what exactly this will mean for us in Wirral.
But nonetheless I am keen to hear from constituents so I will be holding a meeting about these plans on the evening of Friday 23 September at 6pm and anyone with concerns is welcome to come along. Just call my office for more details on 0151 645 6590.
Many of my constituents will recall that five years ago, the Tories imposed a huge top down re-organisation on our NHS. It cost £25million to implement- on Wirral alone. And...
Over the last two weeks Wirral students will have collected their GCSE and A Level results.
This is of course a big occasion for students and their families. It marks the accumulation of years of studying for young people. Congratulations to all the students who can now celebrate their hard work and forget about the stress of exams for the time being.
I am in regular contact with our schools and I always feel proud at results day for all the hard work the staff and students do.
For those collecting their GCSE results it means also saying goodbye to their school years. For A Level students it means starting a new life at work or going off to university.
It’s a time of excitement and anxiety as people start the next chapter of their lives.
Results though never mark the end for anybody. They simply mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I want our young people to feel they have choices and that they can pursue whatever ambitions they have without any barriers.
This means having a range of good choices.
This means vocational opportunities and apprenticeships which are genuinely excellent in quality. It means equal chance for both those who want to go to university and those who wish to pursue a different route for their careers. All young people have potential and university isn’t the only way to reach your potential or ambitions.
But a huge congratulations to all those who have received their results this summer. And a massive thanks to parents and teachers who made it all happen.
Over the last two weeks Wirral students will have collected their GCSE and A Level results. This is of course a big occasion for students and their families. It marks...
Over the last few months I have been working closely with council officers, youth services, local football and other organisations focusing on Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry.
Together we have developed a group of people who have been working on a strategy for the future of the club. The aim is to build up the youth centre and encourage local people to get involved with it.
I have been having on going meetings with the group and things are looking very positive.
If you would like to be kept up to date or feel you would like to be involved in the future developments of the centre then please do just get in touch with me.
I am also pleased about the meetings that have started in New Ferry to bring local people together to help town. The meetings have formed New Ferry Town Team so that there can be a coordinated approach to looking at how to move New Ferry forward.
The Town Team is made up of local residents and businesses who are working with the Council and one of the priorities at the moment is to work together to try and get people involved with the New Ferry Residents Association. The association has been in existence for some time but the Town Team want to build on it to give New Ferry a bigger voice.
I am pleased to see a coordinated approach to helping New Ferry and I see this as a positive step forward both for the youth centre and for the area in general.
If you want to get involved with the New Ferry Residents Association please get in touch with my office so we can ensure you have all the details.
Over the last few months I have been working closely with council officers, youth services, local football and other organisations focusing on Bebington Youth Centre based in New Ferry. Together...