Southport and Formby District Hospital will stay open
SOUTHPORT'S new Member of Parliament has sought to clarify the future of
Southport and Formby District Hospital; insisting it will stay open.
The Conservative's comments follow as it emerged several campaigns during recent
elections had misinformed residents by wrongly suggesting the Hospital and
urgent care services were at risk of closure.
Now, Damien Moore, the new Member of Parliament for Southport has issued the
following statement, reassuring residents that their Hospital will not close,
after meeting Hospital bosses and Health Minister, Philip Dunn.
Damien Moore stated:- "I understand there are a number of concerns
surrounding the local Hospital. The Trust has faced a number of severe
pressures on several fronts. The most immediate and pressing one being able to
find a long term Chief Executive who will provide stability. This real issue,
however, has only been side-lined by a number of unhelpful and misleading
suggestions as to the long-term future of Southport Hospital. I want to make it
perfectly clear: Southport and Formby District Hospital will remain open; the
urgent response centre will remain open; and residents will continue to receive
1st-class health care. Whilst I understand the Trust has recently come to a
decision to establish a clinical senate, led by medical professionals, to decide
how they may better deliver key services, there has never been a suggestion that
the Hospital would close. In fact, it's rather the opposite. The Trust will
continue to work with local authorities and the Government to consider how they
will deliver services in the long term, whilst working with neighbouring
Hospitals to provide the best-quality care available, including the prospect of
enhancing key services in Southport. All Hospitals are subject to a review to
determine the safety of their services and the quality of care they are
providing; therefore, the suggestion that Southport Hospital needs 'saving' is
nonsensical and misleading. All public bodies are required by regulation to hold
periodical reviews. Furthermore, should the Hospital propose any
considerable change to the way it operates in the future, I wish to reassure the
public that those changes can now only be brought about by experienced medical
professionals; not beauracrats or politicians- and on the basis of patient
safety. The future of Southport Hospital has never been more clear."
Following a constructive dialogue with the new MP, Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital Trust Chairman, Richard Fraser, confirmed Damien's statement:-
"No proposal has been discussed by or presented to the Trust Board about either
closing emergency services or re-profiling their hours since I have been
Chairman. The Board will consider the outcome of the system review as it
emerges.No Trust is an island and no organisation can categorically rule out the
potential for change in the future. However, I cannot currently foresee a
situation where 24/7 emergency services will not be needed in this health
During discussions between Damien and the Department for Health, Minister Philip
Dunn further added:- "Political scaremongering in the run up to an
election will have caused immense stress to the people of Southport, who may
well be concerned about the future of the local Hospital. This damages
confidence in clinical leaders and undermines efforts to recruit and retain
clinical staff. While there may be changes in the future, brought about by
advice from experienced medical professionals, it is categorically wrong to
suggest the Hospital or emergency services are at risk of closure; I am aware of
no such proposals."
Asked what immediate challenges wait ahead, Damien went on to say:- "My
immediate concern is to support the Chairman in finding ways of improving our
urgent care center. That involves the establishment of an internal clinical
senate, finding a long-term CEO, and filling staff vacancies to ensure urgent
care is delivered in a safe environment.
Medium term, I would like to see joined-up thinking amongst neighbouring
Hospitals to ensure specialists work together and guarantee urgent care is
readily available. And long-term that means enhancing our specialist services to
benefit the demographic of Southport; such as the frailty unity-; applying for
more funding when possible, whilst building a 1st-rate reputation as an
outstanding healthcare unit on the advise of medical professionals.
This, however, is only possible providing the public continue to have faith in
the Trust's new leadership, which means aspiring politicians stop pontificating
with their misleading petitions, and start supporting their local Hospital."
Letter to the Editor:-
"Fracking update - Government Policy"
"EARLIER this month I wrote the
Secretary of State to establish what the Governments policy was on Fracking as
there was no mention of it in the Queens Speech. I have subsequently received a
reply form the Minister for Energy and Industry where he confirms that the UK
Government supports shale gas exploration to determine the potential of the
industry. He further states that:- ''shale gas is natural gas found deep
underground and requires hydraulic fracturing.'' It is clear that his government
believe shale gas could create a new British industry and provide more jobs.
However he did also state that shale gas operations would only take place in a
manner which is safe for the environment and local communities. He added that:-
''any company looking to develop shale will need all the necessary permission,
including planning and environmental permits.'' Clearly we will have to hold
them to account on this and that public feeling must also be taken into account.
Labour opposes fracking and will continue to support local residents who also
express concern." Regards, Bill Esterson MP. What are our readers
thoughts on this issue? Please email us to:-
1 in 5 professionals in Liverpool have
experienced discrimination in an interview
THE latest study from CV Library, the
UK's leading independent job board, has found that 18.2% professionals in
Liverpool have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the
majority (50%) it was because of their age.
The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals have been
affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found
that aside from age, the other most common reasons were because of their race
(13%) and the school or university that they went to (12%). Worse still, nearly
two thirds of workers in Liverpool (61.4%) don't know their rights when it comes
to interview discrimination.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:- "It's
concerning to see that interview discrimination is so rife in Liverpool, with
one in five being affected. More worryingly, over half of professionals in the
City don't know their rights should they be affected. If you experience
prejudice during an interview, be sure to get in touch with the business and
request comprehensive feedback as to their decision not to hire you.
Alternatively, get in touch with your local Citizens Advice Bureau for more
Furthermore, 81.8% of workers in Liverpool believe that interview discrimination
happens often and that the best way to solve this is creating more awareness of
the issue (43.2%). Further suggestions include: better training of interviewers
(31.8%), and interviewers following a set list of questions for all candidates
Biggins concludes:- "It's certainly worrying that so many professionals in
Liverpool believe discrimination is a common occurrence during interviews. That
said, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of this
happening and raising awareness around the situation is the 1st hurdle to
tackle. If you believe you've been discriminated against it's important to speak
out; this is a subject that needs to be discussed so that we can begin to find a
Do you feel that you were ill advised in the purchase of your leasehold
THE Government has announced new plans to ban leasehold houses and
restrict onerous ground rent clauses for homeowners. The proposals come
following months of concern over unfair leasehold practices from homeowners,
lenders and campaigners.
Leasehold contracts have traditionally been limited to properties with shared
spaces such as flats. However, there has been an increasing trend of housing
developers, particularly in the North West, selling new build houses as
leasehold rather than freehold. This has led to thousands of homebuyers finding
themselves embroiled in a 'leasehold trap', characterised by spiralling ground
rents and onerous contract clauses.
Many homeowners who have attempted to buy their property's freehold have been
quoted extortionate amounts of money with some even finding that it has been
sold on by the developer to investors, who are reaping the rewards of doubling
ground rent clauses. As a result, some people have found that their properties
are now unsalable. In most cases, owners have just 6 years from the date of
purchase to start legal proceedings. It's therefore essential that you take
action sooner rather than later.
The new plans, announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, aim to
ban homebuilders from selling houses as leasehold and will also restrict ground
rents on flats to zero. In his announcement, Mr Javid said there are currently
1.2 million cases of houses on leasehold and it is hoped that these measures
will help to make the system fairer and more transparent for consumers. The
proposals are under an 8 week consultation and apply only to England.
Michael Jefferies of Jefferies
Solicitors, comments on the proposals:-
"For too long, homeowners have suffered at the hands of developers. At
Jefferies, we are pleased to hear that the Government has decided to take action
and we welcome its plans to tackle the unfair leasehold system. Unfortunately,
the changes are unlikely to help those who have already bought their home on
these terms. Many homebuyers were not adequately advised by their lawyers about
these onerous clauses or the effects they can have. Any individual who received
negligent advice may be able to seek redress against the lawyer involved in
their house purchase."
Did you receive negligent advice when purchasing your leasehold property?
We would love to know. Please email our newsroom via:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com and let us know your views and thoughts
on this issue.
Children living in workless households falls in the North West
THE number of children living in a household with no working adults is at
a record low in the UK. Figures released by the ONS show that the percentage of
children in the North West living in a household with no working adults has
fallen from 18% in 2010, to just 13%.
A Government report released earlier this year found that children living in
workless families are significantly more disadvantaged, and achieve poorer
educational outcomes than other children including those living in lower income
In comparison, ¾ of children from workless families moved out of
poverty when their parents found full time work.
Employment Minister, Damian Hinds said:- "These latest figures are further
proof that the strength of the economy is benefitting the North West. Our
welfare reforms are encouraging more people into work, improving families'
security and children's life chances. There's more still to do and we will build
further on this progress with the roll out of Universal Credit, ensuring it
always pays to be in work."
In May, the ONS confirmed that the number of workless households in the UK has
fallen to a record low. Those figures showed that the number of children in
workless households had fallen by 6% in just a year; equivalent to 90,000
children across the UK.
The latest employment figures show that there are a record 31.01 million people
in work, and the unemployment rate (4.5%) is the lowest level since 1975.
Since 2010 income inequality has fallen and the proportion of people living in
relative poverty is near its lowest level since the 1980s. In recent years the
Government has doubled free childcare, introduced Universal Credit and increased
the National Living Wage and tax free Personal Allowance.
Under Universal Credit people are moving into work faster and staying in work
longer than under the old system. Universal Credit is designed to mirror the way
many people in work are paid, with budgeting advice and benefit advances
available for anyone who needs extra help.