Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

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Alison McGovern presses Secretary of State for a response on New Ferry regeneration proposals

The Wirral South MP challenged the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid yesterday about New Ferry during his statement about local government funding.

Her intervention comes after Wirral Council submitted a regeneration plan to the government in November. The Secretary of State responded to Alison by putting the blame back onto Wirral Council without giving any sort of definite answer about when Wirral Council could expect to hear from the government.

Speaking of the response Alison said: “I am dismayed and angry at the Secretary of State’s response today. I was hoping for some positive developments. Ever since the explosion Wirral Borough Council have been working hard to help people who have been affected. People in New Ferry don’t want to have their town to be dragged into a blame game and they deserve more than empty answers from ministers. All they want is the help to regenerate their town following a devastating incident. The regeneration plan has been submitted by the Council and they are waiting on an initial response from the government before anything can move forward.

Adding: “People in New Ferry have already waited since March for help but the government has provided no support whatsoever. Wirral Borough Council, on the other hand, has provided more than £300,000 in funding following since the explosion. This is at a time when their budget has been seriously restrained by government. During the election, Jake Berry who is a Minister in Communities and Local Government gave a glimpse of hope to people when he paid a visit to New Ferry. Hopes were soon dashed though when the government decided to offer nothing in emergency relief. I and the Council are eagerly waiting for their response to the submitted plans.”

 

Alison pushes for government to take action on New Ferry Regeration

Alison McGovern presses Secretary of State for a response on New Ferry regeneration proposals The Wirral South MP challenged the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid...

Alison led a group of Eastham Walk-In Centre supporters to hand in 1874 strong petition to the Wirral Clinical Commisioning Group at their governing body meeting today. Alison addressed the CCG as she handed in the petition. 

Commenting on the continuing campaign to re-open Eastham Walk-In Centre Alison said: "I was pleased to get the opportunity to say a few words and deliver this weighty petition of signatures on behalf of local residents which calls on the Wirral CCG to re-open the Eastham Walk-in Centre. Having listened to people since the closure was announced I know this is a vital community health service and that people are concerned and upset about it being closed.

Adding:"Campaigners have worked very hard to protest against the closure and highlight the issue locally and I thank them for this. I also thank all those who supported us by signing the petition. I invited Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth to meet with people who have been troubled by the closure. We know the closure has been described as temporary but until we get a re-opening date we will continue to demonstrate how much this service is missed and how important it is. I reiterated how valued this service is to the community this afternoon to the governing board. The CCG seemed to listen carefully to both myself and the other campaigners at their meeting."

Alison hands in petition calling for Eastham Walk in Centre to be reopened

Alison led a group of Eastham Walk-In Centre supporters to hand in 1874 strong petition to the Wirral Clinical Commisioning Group at their governing body meeting today. Alison addressed the CCG...

Jonathan Ashworth will visit Eastham on Monday 11 September to speak to Wirral people about the closure of the local NHS walk in centre service.

Jonathan was invited by Alison McGovern MP who is concerned that staff from this service have now relocated to help with the crisis at Arrowe Park meaning an end to the walk in centre at the clinic. 

Speaking about the closure, Alison said “I am really concerned about this news and I have received many responses from constituents who also do not want to see this happen.

The Eastham Walk in Centre has served as a valuable NHS service in this part of the Wirral. I have championed Eastham Walk in Centre for seven years and I won’t give up on NHS services now. The CCG have had to take urgent steps to deal with the A&E crisis, and a shortage of qualified staff has led to this closure. Tory cuts, pay held down in the NHS, and a failure to train staff is the root cause, and we must hold the Government to account.

Adding: “Local Labour activists have already protested about this and I want to thank those have signed the petition against the closure. I look forward to welcoming Jonathan Ashworth who I know shares my concern about the removal of this important NHS service and the impact on the community. He has visited previously, and was so impressed by the staff and the service offered to patients.”

If you are interested in attending please arrive for 11 am at St David's United Reform Church Eastham. If you need any further information then please contact the office on 0151 645 6590. If you want to attend please RSVP to helen.dodd@parliament.uk.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health to visit Wirral following closure of Eastham Walk in Centre

Jonathan Ashworth will visit Eastham on Monday 11 September to speak to Wirral people about the closure of the local NHS walk in centre service. Jonathan was invited by Alison...


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