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Tories sell-off Broxtowe’s ‘family silver’
Despite a significant local campaign and much opposition, the ruling Tories at Broxtowe Council ploughed ahead with their latest wheeze to manage the budget by selling off the Town Hall at the last council meeting. The reasons for selling the asset were met with cries of “shame” from a packed gallery. I argued that the underpinning of budgets by selling assets off on the cheap were an example in failed economics and would be a bad financial decision for the authority. Tory councillors said they were “fed up” of paying for these facilities for the residents of Broxtowe.
Not only is it a bad financial planning, there was also significant concern about the community bid that the Town Hall was sold to, didn’t meet the inclusive equality standards that the authority sets itself. The community knew this and their campaign was instructive – a pity that the Tories didn’t (or wouldn’t) listen.
Universal credit – a looming disaster
Teresa May recently said the “end of austerity is in sight” but if you’re on the receiving end of Universal Credit (UC) nothing feels further from the truth. This vindictive ‘reform’ is being rolled out across the country with the pledge that more benefit claimants will be better off. Yet millions of households will have their benefits cut by an average of £52 a week – the difference between having a roof over your head or living on the streets. For disabled claimants the average loss rises to £76 a week. Only when feeling the force of public anger have the Tories partially retreated by delaying its full roll-out – but they haven’t yet scrapped it. The biggest foodbank in the country reckons that 24% of the million plus people they help are there because of lengthy delays in UC payment. Even though Broxtowe has yet to have full UC roll out, already over 95% of claimants are in rent arrears. Labour will scrap this pernicious policy and help the vulnerable and those most in need.
Labours plan to rebuild Britain
For too long our towns, cities and villages have been let down by lack of investment and underfunding of services. But we have a plan to rebuild Britain and bring hope back to our communities.
I’ll always champion our wonderful NHS
A couple of months ago I presented staff at QMC with a 70th birthday card thanking all I wonderful NHS staff for the work they do. I promised I’d be back soon to see more of their great work. Last week I saw first-hand the exciting Emergency Pathway expansion plans to increase capacity for our A&E dept, the truly world leading Trauma Unit which accounts for a staggering 40% of all England’s trauma lives saved, the vital cog in the engine which is Pathology which handles an eye-watering 8,000 samples PER DAY and rounded off with the staff of the Labour Suite and the brilliant care given by the Midwifery team. All our NHS staff are heroes.
Transforming emergency care
NUH has launched a major programme of work to expand QMC’s Emergency Department (ED) and redesign its urgent and emergency care pathways before winter to improve the experience of patients and staff. This will involve increasing majors cubicle capacity in main ED by 50% (from 20 to 30 cubicles) and creating a more integrated urgent and emergency care centre at QMC, where the GP streaming and minors service, main ED, ambulatory care and frailty services are located. Over the last week, phase one of the building works close to ED has been completed, allowing Fracture Clinic to move into the new location (next to its old location, on A Floor, East Block at QMC). Building works are now underway in the old Fracture Clinic to develop the new ‘Front Door’ and entrance for minors. Alongside the new pathway models, the Trust is implementing new and streamlined surgical pathways (for Head and Neck, Neuro and Spines and Orthopaedics patients) directly from the Urgent Care front door or offering alternative pathways for patients to improve the timeliness of care. Patient and staff feedback are informing these improvements. You can follow progress on Twitter @urgentcareNUH
Preparing for winter
Learning from last winter, the Trust will proactively open 116 seasonal NUH beds December-April – which is an extra ward of beds compared to last year. While an additional cost pressure to the Trust, this extra capacity is considered a requirement to ensure the delivery of safe care to patients and minimise disruption to the Trust’s elective (planned) programme of operations.
In addition, a 48-bedded community-run hospital will open at the City Hospital later this year, and will be for patients who no longer need acute care. Recruitment to staff these beds is underway.
Proud to oppose Hate Crime in Broxtowe
I was proud to stand with Broxtowe Police Inspector Riley and support the anti Hate Crime week. We are experiencing increased tensions domestically and internationally and we must be vigilant in opposing hate crime in all it’s forms.
Brilliant Broxtownians – Jeanie O’Shea and Zabou
It’s a fantastic pleasure to introduce you to a “Brilliant Broxtownian” double act this time around with the indomitable Jeanie O’Shea and the remarkable international artist Zabou. Jeanie has been the inspirational driving force behind the Beeston street art installations which have culminated (for now) in the breath taking local legend “triptych” of Edwin Starr, Richard Beckinsale and Paul Smith. The artwork was expertly carried out by Zabou whom we can bestow “honourary Broxtowe citizenship” upon. It’s been a labour of love but has certainly been worth it.
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