Southend Labour members and councillors were proud to march with fellow residents, NHS staff members and comrades from Trades Unions and other organisations today in support of the Save Southend NHS Campaign.
Last year an enormous amount of public and political pressure forced the authorities to back down on proposals to downgrade the A&E service at Southend Hospital, but the threats continue for other hospital services.Read more
Labour's latest party political broadcast was shown this evening, 17th January, on ITV1 (6.25pm) and BBC1 (6.55pm) and focused on the NHS.
Doctors, nurses (including a local Labour Party member, Katie) and other NHS staff spoke movingly and with passion about their experiences and the strains the health service is currently facing - and their fears for its future under a Tory government.
The broadcast can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 14th February.Read more
Southend Labour's latest newsletter for Kursaal Ward has been delivered to residents throughout that area. If you would like to read it or download a copy, please click 'read more' below.Read more
Last year Councillor Julian Ware-Lane (Labour, Milton ward) raised the issue of the four adult peafowl caged in Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea.
He questioned the suitability of their accommodation and wanted them re-housed. (http://awordfromwier.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/the-welfare-of-chalkwell-park-peacocks.html). Since then Cllr Ware-Lane has had a number of people contact him on this issue, all wanting the animal cruelty he exposed to end, and a new home to be found for these birds.
With the support of Cllr Charles Willis, Cllr Ware-Lane has sent a Motion for Full Council to consider.Read more
This year’s Young Labour Priority Campaign is on young people’s mental health services.
Funding cuts and Tory austerity are damaging young people’s access to mental health services.
Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, has made extraordinary remarks published in the Echo relating to recent allegations against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and commented disparagingly on claims by other victims of alleged sexual abuse. Now he's trying to deny saying them.Read more
The Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is planning to remove NHS funded IVF treatment for infertile couples, except in exceptional circumstances, against the guidelines of the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) which state that three rounds of treatment should be available. This is in contrast to Clinical Commissioning Groups in other areas.
Milton Ward Councillor Cheryl Nevin says: “This restriction in NHS treatment is purely due to financial constraints, producing a postcode lottery for couples, especially those on low incomes, and it disproportionately affects women”.Read more
After a sustained campaign and significant political pressure, today the Mid and South Essex Success Regime has announced plans to centralise three A&E departments at Basildon hospital have been scrapped for the short term. The new, revised model will enable Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals to continue to receive ‘blue light’ ambulances with critical patients transferred to a specialist team, if necessary, as is currently the case.
Labour’s Ashley Dalton, 2017 parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East, has responded, saying:
“I welcome the Success Regime’s decision to revisit their plans and protect A&E provision at Southend, Basildon and Broomfield. It was clear from the beginning that patient need and safety was not being fully considered in these plans. I spoke to thousands of people throughout my campaign and the A&E was a huge topic for them. They felt ignored by their MP and were concerned for their safety should the A&E lose ‘blue light’ services. The numbers speak for themselves – James Duddridge saw his majority slashed by 42% as voters flocked to a candidate and party who truly care about local issues and services. I want to pay tribute to the sterling work of the Save Southend A&E campaign in getting the Success Regime to rethink their plans – I was a supporter from day one and this is a victory that all the people of Southend who supported the campaign should be proud of.”