John Pugh MP for Southport faced with choice on NHS break up
LOCAL MP John Pugh is facing one
of the biggest decisions of his political life, during the next 6
weeks, according to the health union UNISON.
John Pugh has secured a place on the House of Commons committee now
reviewing the fine print of the government’s controversial Health
and Social Care Bill. With the government’s plans set to open up all
parts of the NHS to profit-making private companies, MP John Pugh
has what UNISON called:- “the opportunity to stop or support the
break-up of the NHS”.
As a member of the Bill Committee, John has the power to change the
plans recently announced by David Cameron and his health secretary,
Andrew Lansley. If the government’s overhaul of the health service
goes ahead, private companies that undercut local NHS hospitals on
price could leave those same hospitals facing financial problems and
A proposal meanwhile, to lift the cap on the number of private
patients treated at NHS units could lead to queue jumping, with NHS
patients kept waiting longer. Frank Hont, Regional Secretary of
UNISON in the North West says:- “As a member of the House of
Commons committee debating the government’s plans for the NHS, John
Pugh now faces one of the biggest decisions of his political life.
The decisions they take in that committee mean they have the
opportunity to stop or support the break-up of the NHS. John has always been a strong opponent of a privatised NHS. In
April 2010 John said that having lived all his life under a public
NHS he doesn’t want to see it broken up. I believe he can ensure
that doesn’t happen by playing a constructive part in the Health and
Social Care Bill Committee and sticking to his principles.”
ON SATURDAY ARE YOU
GOING TO THIS FREE EVENT?
JON Mayhew will be launching his
deliciously diabolical Demon Collector on Saturday, 26 February
2011, from 12 noon to 2pm, at the Pool Cafe, in the centre of Formby
Village. Also attending will be local magician John Harding, who
will do some tricks and illusions to set the scene... Prichards have
also told us that:- "Jon will unleash his top 10 monsters onto
the screen and tell us all about Moloch, Edgy and the Royal Society
of Demonologie... We have arranged a buffet for folks too! The event
is FREE, but we want to see as many as possible down for 12 noon to
allow a smooth staging for John and then Mr Mayhew. Demon Collector
is on offer at just £8 and we have a few Mortlock now in paperback
at £5. Southport Reporter have copies and will have them online very
soon, but you can also email them to reserve copies that you can
pick upfrom the event." To reserve copies of the book,
please put your full name and contact phone number and
email our newsroom by 12 noon, Friday, 25 February 2011.
Your information will be passed on to Prichards Bookshop, Formby.
LAURA AND GRACE
HALLIGAN FOUND SAFE AND WELL!
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed
that Laura Halligan and her daughter Grace have been found safe and
well in Dublin. Merseyside Police is currently working with the
Irish authorities to arrange their return to the UK. DCI Tracey
Hayes said:- "I would like to thank members of the public and
the Irish authorities for their help during our investigation."
Challenge Cup - 3rd Round - Siddal v Widnes Vikings
THE Vikings can now confirm that
their 3rd Round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie versus Siddal will take
place at The Shay (‘Home’ of Halifax RLFC) on Sunday,
6 March 2011. Kick-off for the game will be at 12.00pm. Season
Ticket holders are reminded that they receive free entry to this
game, as part of their 2011 Season Ticket package. Simply take along
your current swipe-card / season ticket on the day to gain entry.
Juniors DO NOT need to produce any ‘Away’ vouchers for
this game. Cash-turnstiles will also be in operation, priced at £12
for adults, £6 for concessions and £1 for under 15’s.
ANDERSON HITS OUT AT GOVERNMENT!
JOE Anderson, Leader of Liverpool
City Council, has hit out at claims by the Government that they are
being ‘fair’ while cutting money to local authorities,
after figures emerged which showed that residents in Liverpool;
the most deprived local authority in the country; would bear the
brunt of Government cut backs while people living in West
Oxfordshire and Surrey would get away relatively unscathed. The
figures show that Liverpool will lose £162.99 per resident, that is
more than any other local authority outside the City of London.
However, other wealthier local authorities would get away much more
lightly. David Cameron’s home authority West Oxfordshire is losing
just £20.04 per head; Eric Pickles’ Brentwood authority loses just
£17.56 per head; Cheshire East, where George Osborne is MP, loses
just £12.68 per head; Surrey Heath, where Michael Gove is MP, loses
£8.67 per head; Vince Cable’s Richmond Upon Thames authority loses
just £5.39 per head; and the country’s wealthiest local authority –
Wokingham – will lose just £4.58 per resident.
Joe Anderson said:- “These figures are further evidence that
Liverpool is bearing the brunt of the Government’s cuts, and that
whilst we have to defend services which some of the most vulnerable
people rely on, other authorities are getting away incredibly
lightly. David Cameron keeps telling us ‘were all in this together’.
When Liverpool residents are losing £163 each, while his own
Oxfordshire suburb is losing only a fraction of that amount, that
sounds extremely cynical. There should be some very shamed faces at
Cameron’s next cabinet meeting, when David Cameron, Eric Pickles,
Michael Gove, George Osborne and Vince Cable look across the table
at each other, and know that a single Liverpool resident is
shouldering more of the burden of their cuts than a resident from
each of their wealthier areas put together.”
Do you our readers agree with Anderson views? Email your views to
email@example.com and let us know what you
really think about the cuts!
Heartbeat Award for
local centre for disabled
THIS is the second successive
healthy eating award for Vitalise Sandpipers in Southport, with it's
first being awarded back in February 2010! The centre has been
presented with a second successive Mersey Heartbeat Award in
recognition of its commitment to healthy eating.
The popular centre for disabled people and carers is located on
Southport’s Marine Parade and has just received its Heartbeat Award
certificate from Heart of Mersey earlier this month.
To achieve the award Sandpipers had to
meet very stringent criteria in two rounds of assessment.
The centre excelled in both, earning 20
out 20 in the first round and 19 out of 20 in the second.
Gary Unsworth, Catering Manager of Vitalise Sandpipers, said:-
“We are thrilled to bits to get the Award for second successive
year. It’s a welcome reward for all the hard work we’ve continued to
put in to ensure our guests get delicious, wholesome meals while
they’re taking much-needed breaks with us. Our task is made doubly
difficult because many of our disabled guests have very specific
dietary requirements, so I’m very proud on behalf of our wonderful
catering team that our commitment to maintaining our own high
standards has been recognised once again. Here’s hoping for a hat
trick next year!”
Vitalise Sandpipers provides essential breaks for disabled people
and carers from across the Northwest. The Centre offers 24 hour care
on call with personal support and can cater for over 150 different
disabilities. Guests can choose from a wide range of activities and
excursions around the region, with nightly entertainment laid on.