UK Has Half Number of Hospital Beds as European Rivals

The NHS is not safe in Tory hands. 

The UK has less than half the hospital beds per person than France or Poland and only a third of those available in Germany. The UK is outperformed by Greece, Portugal, Italy & Spain despite some of these countries being on the brink of bankruptcy in the last decade.

Hospital Beds per 100,000

Germany       823

Poland          663

France           621

Greece           424

Portugal        332

Italy               331

Spain             297

UK                  273

(Source: Eurostat)

LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is a disgrace. The NHS costs over £100Bn a year but we can’t be sure of a bed when we need it. When my wife was in labour we were nearly turned away by Stepping Hill. I thought that was the exception, I fear it could be the rule!”

Have Your Say on Major Health and Social Care Changes

There is still time to give Stockport Council and the health and social care organisations in Stockport your feedback on the Stockport Together plans.  Stockport Together changes the way that the separate organisations will work together more proactively to give better services:

Have Your say:


About Stockport Together

The five main health and care organisations in Stockport have been committed to working differently since January 2015, when they formally began working on the Stockport Together programme. These organisations have pledged to deliver the following: ‘A safe, affordable and integrated health and social care system to meet the needs of Stockport.’

Stockport Together is transforming the way that healthcare is managed and organised in Stockport so the services you rely on are fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The rising number of older people in Stockport means there will be a greater need for health and social care support both in the short and long term.

If we can improve the health and wellbeing of the older generation, then their quality of life should greatly improve, and the need for in and outpatient care (health services provided in a hospital setting) should be reduced. Consider this: one in five of the population in Stockport is aged over 65. This proportion is expected to keep rising.

While hospital can be the right place for some, top notch care at home is, in many circumstances, more beneficial to the patient and their recovery.

We want to provide an efficient and effective system. We’ll do this by changing our way of working: instead of being a reactive service, we will become proactive.

This should help you to maintain your independence, reduce the number of unnecessary outpatient visits, and lower the frequency of hospital stays and the length of time spent in a hospital bed. Having health and social care services which work better together will enable us to support people when they no longer need specialist medical support, but may need some longer-term ongoing social care input.

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Stockport Council Wellbeing Festival

The Council’s Wellbeing Festival takes place from 11am to 2pm on Monday 23 October in the Town Hall Ballroom and celebrates the beginning of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week.

Council employees and members of the public are invited to the event which will include a wide range of stalls, information and activities to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Cllr Jon Twigge commented “I am passionate about wellbeing for everyone and I will be at the Festival. Wellbeing is really important especially given our busy modern lives and yet we are only really getting to grips with it as a society recently.

“Recent news that the head of Osted says we are not even giving our children a rounded education, that our prisons are in crisis and mental health provision is still not good enough are just some of the signs that point to a government that simply does not understand the importance of wellbeing in our society.”

For further information please email [email protected]

A government report suggests five simple ways to improve wellbeing:


Public and NHS Staff are tired of Tory empty promises

Responding to Jeremy Hunt’s speech at Conservative Party conference on Tuesday, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Norman Lamb said:

“The public and NHS staff have grown tired of these empty promises.

“Time and again this government has announced fantasy numbers on extra GPs, nurses and doctors, while in the real world numbers continue to fall.

“Despite repeated pledges to create more training posts, applications for nursing places fell by a fifth this year after the government recklessly scrapped bursaries for student nurses.

“Today’s announcement does nothing to address the current nursing shortages that are already putting patient care under threat.
“If Jeremy Hunt really wants to fix the chronic shortage of nurses in our NHS, his government urgently needs to reinstate nursing bursaries, lift the pay cap and guarantee EU nationals’ rights after Brexit.”

MacMillan Coffee morning – HG Methodist Churcvh

The Hazel Grove for Health Group are having a ‘Fund Raiser’ event on 28th (Thursday) September 2017 in order to raise funds for the Macmillan Nursing Service. For an entry of £2. there are plenty of refreshments and a Raffle. Coffee/Tea’s, Cakes, biscuits etc . Raffle also available. So if you get chance ‘POP-In’ and enjoy a nice brew and cakes whilst enjoying a chat with locals. Maybe catch up with old friends and times. Possible go home with a nice prize too. Al proceeds to the Macmillan Nursing Services. The event is being held at:—————– The Hazel Grove Methodist Church Hall. Wesley Street, Hazel Grove. SK7 4JQ. Event starts at 13:15. Should you require any further information you can mail here OR email the secretary of the Tai Chi for Health Group at……..>>> [email protected].

Stockport Liberal Democrats call for the Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted

Amidst mounting speculation that the UK government may finally be prepared to act, Stockport Liberal Democrats have put forward a motion to a meeting of the Council on Thursday this week calling for the Public Sector Pay Cap to be lifted.

Currently all public sector workers, including nurses, police officers and local government workers are subject to a 1% cap on any pay rises, despite the fact that inflation is running at nearly three times that amount, and many families continue to struggle as a result.

Lots of People from Hazel Grove work at Stepping Hill Hospital

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Lib Dem Group at Stockport Town Hall and mover of the motion, said: “Frankly, it is a disgrace that public sector workers have been treated in this way for so long.

“When the cap was introduced, economic circumstances were very different, and it was only ever intended as a short-term measure. Instead, the Conservative government have continued with the policy and many public sector workers find their pay is falling behind that of employees in the private sector, which is simply unfair.

“We are calling on the government to do the right thing by the public sector and recognise the immense contribution of so many nurses, police officers and local government workers among others and give them a fair deal.

“It will simply not be good enough if government chooses to cherry pick individual groups of workers, it is about time they lifted the pay cap for all in the public sector“, concluded Cllr Hunter

Significant health and care service changes

Stockport Together

Health service and council leaders in Stockport are in the process of agreeing to spend significant sums of money on changing health and care services in the borough.

They have been developing plans for some time with input from patients and carers, nurses, doctors, social workers and others.

Some changes have already been made, however before they make firm decisions on other significant areas, they’d like your views. There will be an eventual need to consider moving resources (beds, money and staff) from the hospital to the community and we need to ensure that this is the right thing to do for the people of Stockport.

The organisations involved in making the changes come under the collective name of ‘Stockport Together’. They are NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services), Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill hospital and community health services) and Viaduct Health (a federation representing all Stockport GPs).

There are several events including one in Hazel Grove on July 18th: Stockport Together in Hazel Grove and you can find out more at :

Stepping Hill Overwhelmed Before New Homes

On New Year’s Eve Stepping Hill Hospital posted to their official Twitter account warning people to stay away except for absolute emergencies.

Stepping Hill Completely Overwhelmed

Stepping Hill Completely Overwhelmed


At one point on New Year’s Eve there were 68 people waiting to be seen in the A&E department with people who were not critically ill having to wait many hours.  More typically a busy day might see 40 people waiting.


A hospital statement said “Our staff are ensuring the best possible care is provided to everyone, but they are rushed off their feet. The plea is therefore for people to only come to our A&E if it is an absolute emergency. This department is for critical or life threatening conditions.”

The hospital has had a lot of bad news recently with a ward closed, hundreds of redundancies announced and large increases to car park charges.

Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Jon Twigge is worried: “With even the Red Cross recently declaring that the NHS is in a humanitarian crisis our hospital is clearly under too much pressure already, what would it be like if the GMSF plans were allowed  to go unchallenged and another 4000 homes were built at High Lane?

“We (Stockport Liberal Democrats) are calling for our Council to withdraw from the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework so that Stockport Council can create its own local plan independently, taking into account our own local needs and ensuring that local infrastructure will be planned properly and not regularly overwhelmed like this.”

Stepping Hill Petition Delivered to Downing Street

Last week our Stepping Hill petition was delivered to 10 Downing Street, to show Theresa May how we feel about the cuts to our Hospital.

The more than 6,000 signatures were handed to the Government for consideration before the Autumn Statement today.

Lisa Smart, Mark Hunter and Sir Andrew Stunell deliver the petition

Lisa Smart, Mark Hunter and Sir Andrew Stunell deliver the petition

Cllr Jon Twigge says “Thank you for all of your support for the petition, I know from speaking to many of you as we collected signatures in Hazel Grove just how much you care about Stepping Hill and the service they provide.”


Local LibDems Slam 3 Weekly Bin Collections

Stockport LibDem Councillors Jon Twigge & Mark Hunter have criticised Stockport Council’s barmy plan to increase black bin collections from 2 to 3 weekly.

Cllr Mark Hunter said, “There are no guarantees here; no guarantees of savings or increased recycling. This is a big gamble to change a system that has been lauded nationally.”

Jon Twigge & the Hazel Grove team have been speaking to local people and over 90% are against. Jon said “Lots of Hazel Grove people have to take rubbish & recycling to the tip. They will not be incentivised to recycle more.”