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Archive for June, 2011

As the tory led Government brings the NHS Bill back for scrutiny to the House of Commons Committee stage, Liz Kendall MP for Leicester West and shadow health minister, looks at the revised bill in detail. She finds that despite Cameron’s public statements, the Health Bill is still fundamentally the same with a core aspect still to promote “competition” and an ever confusing array of new bodies and structures. All of this massive reorganisation is underpinned with the NHS having to make £20 billion of cuts affecting frontline services.

Read the Labour Uncut article by Liz Kendall.

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Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West, finds the spirit of the Co-operative and Labour movements’ pioneers in the community of Rowley Fields

Read the rest of Liz’s article in the Leicester Mercury.

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The City Mayor and his team today officially launched its radical 100 Days Programme which aims to set out what the Labour administration is seeking to achieve in its first 100 days. It sets out 100 pledges which outlines the priorities envisioned by the City Mayor and some of the big challenges facing the city.

The document can be download from the Leicester City Council website.

Also read the Leicester Mercury article on the launch of the 100 Day Programme and plans for the Leicester Science Park which make up one of pledges.

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Cllr Sundip Meghani, the newly elected city councillor for Beaumont Leys, recently gave a talk to pupils at his old school Babington College on aspiration and achievement. See a video of his speech below.

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Despite David Cameron’s constant assertions that NHS spending would be protected and even go up under his Government, the reality is that the NHS is facing huge reductions in its spending which are going to affect frontline services. The Leicester NHS Chief Executive, Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, has stated the following

“More than 60% of our costs are locked up in people.

You cannot get away with dealing with the Nicholson challenge without significantly reducing the number of people employed in the health service.

That may not be seen as good news – and nobody likes doing it – but that is the reality.

The challenge is to do that in a civilised and effective way, but recognising that over five years there will be many posts that will go.”

Leicester University Hospitals are facing the prospect of having to reduce spending by £158m over the next 5 years. Leicester is already a place where people die earlier than the national average and can ill afford cuts which affect people’s health outcomes. This is even before the Tory plans of drastically reorganising the NHS and spending billions of pounds trying to introduce more competition in to the NHS.

You can read the full BBC News article here.

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