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!”

Further Council Cuts to Affect More Services

With government austerity set to massively reduce council budgets once again next year Stockport is no exception and will have to make further cuts.

As part of budget planning the council is asking residents for their views on five sets of cuts in:

  • Cuts to apprenticeship events for young people
  • Closure of the Apprenticeship’s Store
  • Removal of free school transport for some families that receive Working Tax Credit
  • Changes to advice services provided by the council in libraries and Citizens Advice centres
  • Significant changes to Sure Start Children’s centres

Andrew Stunell visited local Sure Start Centre’s in 2013 when they were protected

You can let the council know your views on these cuts in a series of consultations that run until November 10th at https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/have-your-say.

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.”

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

Is Poise Brook being maintained properly?

Local resident Susan Challinor contacted the team to raise concerns about maintenance of Poise Brook. The brook was one of the factor in the flooding that Hazel Grove experienced last summer.

Local sources suggest the brook was regularly maintained until about 6 years ago, but it is not now, leading to debris, including a bag of cement to accumulate.

LibDem Paul Ankers said, “Brook maintenance is specialist work. Local people would be unsafe doing this so the Council needs to deliver.”

Paul has contacted the Council to arrange clearance.

 

Over half of 101 calls not being answered

A survey by the Liberal Democrats has found that 53% of people who called 101 – the non-emergency Police phone number – gave up before speaking to the Police.

Most people who did get through waited for more than five minutes, with some waiting for 30 minutes or more for the call to be answered.

The scale of the problem was uncovered by Claire Halliwell, Stockport Liberal Democrat spokesperson on crime.

“Thousands of crimes are going unrecorded and people are wasting hours sitting on the phone. It also means the Police are missing half the picture on crime. Important intelligence is being missed, meaning the Police may not be targeting their efforts efficiently,” said Claire.

Hazel Grove LibDem Paul Ankers said, “The cuts are biting, crime is up around here by 20% in the last two years. Cutting funding for the 101 number is a false economy. The public deserve access to policing”

12% Budget Cut at Torkington Primary

Hazel Grove Schools face savage cuts under Tory plans to divert funds from areas like Greater Manchester to the leafy shires.

Torkington Primary is one of the worst to suffer in the area. £1 in every £8 will be slashed from its budget meaning a loss of $448 per pupil or the funding for 3 teachers.

Local LibDem Paul Ankers said, “This is a savage attack on local education. Our Tory MP is from Hazel Grove, but he either isn’t fighting our corner or doesn’t have much sway with Theresa May”

How St Simons Primary will lose £317 per pupil over next two years?

Tory cuts are set to hit hard in the home town of our Conservative MP. Over £50k will be slashed from the budget of our local catholic school.

The government funding formula is being revamped, but it is to hide cuts of over £2Bn. Most of the cuts are falling on the shoulders of urban areas like ours.

LibDem Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “This is not on. It will cost jobs and harm pupil results. Having a Tory MP does nothing to help Hazel Grove.”

How Much Will School Budgets Be Slashed At Hazel Grove Primary?

Stockport schools are set to lose £15M by 2019 and Hazel Grove schools will suffer too.

Hazel Grove Primary is set to lose £140,825. This is £429 per pupil. It could mean the loss of four teachers.

Hazel Grove LibDem Paul Ankers said, “Tory plans to improve funding to rural schools is political, take money from the poor & give to the rich. This sort of thing needs to be fought.”

For more infomation, visit this site http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk

 

 

 

Cllr Lisa Smart Chosen to Fight General Election

Local Councillor Lisa Smart will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency of Hazel Grove at the General Election on June 8th 2017.

Lisa has a track record of campaigning for better services at Stepping Hill Hospital, standing up against Conservative and Labour plans to bulldoze our greenbelt and winning fights to keep local buses on the road.

In this election Hazel Grove is a clear fight between hard working local Councillor Lisa Smart and the Conservatives.

The Labour Party are a mess. Fighting among themselves rather than fighting the government. Only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against this Conservative government.

Tim Farron MP, leader of the Lib Dems said, “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.

“If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.”

Lisa added, “As a local Councillor it’s a privilege to stand up for residents at the Town Hall. I’m keen to take that fight to Westminster.”

Hazel Grove campaigner Paul Ankers said, “Lisa Smart impresses me each time I meet her. I think she will put Hazel Grove on the map, whilst the current Tory has been anonymous even in his home ward.”