Have your say on
our foundation trust plans
PATIENTS and the public are being offered a
bigger say in how hospital and community services are run across
north Sefton and West Lancashire.
They are being asked to comment on plans for Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust to become a foundation trust later next year
Foundation trusts are part of the NHS family and were created to put
decision-making about healthcare into the hands of local people.
They are run as membership organisations and foundation trust
members perform several important functions including:-
► Influencing how health services the
Trust is responsible for are run through greater involvement and
► Contributing to developing new services
or improving existing ones.
► Becoming a Trust governor and working
closely with the Board of Directors to deliver the very best in
health care for local people.
Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said:- "All trusts like ours
must become a foundation trust and we want local people’s views and
support to make this possible. As well as providing hospital
services in Southport and Ormskirk, our Trust is also responsible
for the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre and many
community health services for adults such as district nursing. So, I
cannot overstate the importance of this application for foundation
trust status if we are to maintain and continue to develop health
services that remain local for our patients."
Mr Parry is hosting a number of public meetings over
the coming months, which are listed below, where local people can
learn more and have their say about the Trust’s plans. People
can also make their views known by visiting the Trust website at:-
Alternatively, they can request a copy of the consultation document
The Foundation Trust Team at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust, Southport and Formby District General Hospital,
Town Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6PN
Or email them at:-
Consultation responses can be completed online but the Trust will
pay the postage for people returning the responses by post.
Sir Ron Watson CBE, chairman of the Trust, added:- "By
contributing to this consultation people will also have the
opportunity to sign up for membership of the foundation trust. We
hope to have recruited more than 2,500 public members by spring next
year which will be a marvellous foundation on which to build our new
► Chief Executive Jonathan Parry will be
hosting a number of public meetings in March and May where local
people can learn more and have their say about the Trust’s plans.
► Formby - Monday, 12 March 2012, at
Formby Christian Fellowship, 93 Church Road, Formby L37 3NB - from
► Ormskirk - Monday, 19 March 2012, at
Ormskirk Civic Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk, L39 1LN - from
► Tarleton - Tuesday, 27 March 2012, at
Our Lady’s Church Parish Centre, 152, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, PR4
6AS - from 10.30am.
► Skelmersdale - Tuesday, 15 May 2012, at
West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, WD8 6DX - from 1pm.
► Southport - Thursday, 17 May 2012, at
Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, PR8 6JH - from 2.30pm.
Anti-terror raids have taken place
5 anti-terror raids have taken
place on properties in Merseyside and Leicestershire on Tuesday, 28
February 2012. This has shocked many locals in those areas, raising
questions about safety. Police have stressed that thery have:-
"absolutely no evidence to suggest that anyone in the community, or
surrounding areas, are at immediate risk as a result of this
investigation." Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit,
run by Greater Manchester Police, executed search warrants under the
Terrorism Act. We have been told that 4 of the 5 raids had taken
place on Merseyside and had been supported by officers from the
places I remember all my life"
THE childhood homes in
Liverpool where Beatles John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney grew up;
and where they later rehearsed and wrote songs, including their
first No.1 hit called 'Please, Please Me' have now
been listed Grade II by Heritage and Tourism Minister John Penrose.
'Mendips', the 1930s semi-detached home where John
Lennon lived for 17 years, and the terraced house in Forthlin Road
where Sir Paul McCartney lived for nine years, have been listed on
the advice of the Government’s expert advisors English Heritage.
Both properties are currently owned and managed as visitor
attractions by the National Trust. Applications to list the
childhood homes of the other Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo
Starr, were turned down on the basis that they had been altered and
modernised, to such an extent, and had so little association with
the group’s early development, that they could not be regarded as
listable. An application to list the Gate piers and Gates (which are
in fact replicas of the originals) to the former children’s home
Strawberry Fields was also turned down. The children’s home itself
was demolished some years ago.
During a visit to Liverpool today, John Penrose said:- "It’s
almost impossible to overestimate the significance that The Beatles
had; and continue to have - on western life and culture since they
first came together in the early 1960s. These houses, unremarkable
from the outside, have been painstakingly preserved and restored so
that visitors today can get a real sense of how life must have been
for the group as they were starting up. They certainly merit the
extra protection from demolition and development that listing
provides, and will I hope continue to be places of pilgrimage for
Beatles fans, young and old, for many years to come."
Emily Gee, Head of Designation at English Heritage said:- "We
are delighted that the Minister has listed these two evocative
houses where Lennon and McCartney developed their talents and
created The Beatles. Listing celebrates special interest, and in the
case of Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road they possess extraordinary
historic and cultural interest for their strong connections with
these renowned British musicians."
Letters To Editor:- "Help for
weekends Race in Southport"
"WE are looking for more
marshall for the Southport 10k run in support of AgeUK and their
campaign to help our local elderly keep warm in the winter, this
Sunday, 4 March 2012. Also has anybody got a “walled” gazebo, I can
provide the outdoor stretches/massage etc from?" David
Gibbons. If you can help call:- 01704 578 748. Click on
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Merseyside property company liquidated for making false claims
Homes Group Ltd, was a Merseyside based company that has been found
to have obtained payment from investors on the basis of false
representations, so it has now been wound up, in the public
interest, following an investigation by Company Investigations of
Insolvency Service. if
you do not know who they are, The Insolvency Service exists to
provide the framework and the means for dealing with financial
failure in the economy and with the misconduct that is often
associated with it.
The investigation found the company operated an investment business
by claiming it was authorised to offer properties for sale on behalf
of lenders disposing of distressed properties. It required investors
to pay a reservation fee for a particular property before they could
see it. The company misled investors and failed to provide the
service represented by:-
► Requiring the payment of the reservation
fee before releasing the address details which prevented investors
from carrying out proper due diligence checks to verify the details
of the investment offer.
► Failing to inform investors that the fee
was non-refundable by not providing a copy of the company’s terms
and conditions, until after the fee was paid over.
► Failing to
provide invoices and receipts, and failing to answer communications
► Failing to
provide access to properties to surveyors retained by investors.
properties without the authorisation of the owner.
multiple reservation fees from different investors for the same
The investigation also found there was no evidence that any of the
investors had been able to progress the property transaction to
completion. The company failed to provide any accounting records
relating to its trading, which the directors said had been
mistakenly thrown into a skip by workmen carrying out some work on
their home. The company’s bank records show that it had received
Commenting on the case, Investigation Supervisor Colin Cronin said:-
"Modo Homes Group Ltd raised money from investors on false
representations and then made it very difficult for investors to
contact the company to progress the property purchase. These
proceedings show that the Insolvency Service will take firm action
against companies and directors which operate in this way."
More seating to be added on main
IT is official that extra
seats are to be introduced on trains into several major UK cities
next year, including those from Liverpool. Some 12,000 seats will be
added to trains into Leeds, Sheffield, London, Birmingham,
Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Also
announced this week was the fact that not only would the new
carriages would help reduce overcrowding on main line trains, but
also that the maximum speeds will be raised from 100 mph to 110 mph
by London Midland. The move is part of wider plans by the government
to introduce 2,700 new carriages on to the UK's rail network by
2019. Let us know what your views are on this, by emailing us via:-