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NHS Cuts - Bitterne Walk-In Centre may be reprieved - public petition launched

Plans to close the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre have been proposed, then reconsidered, by the Coalition’s newMark_Latham.jpg

Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Following a meeting in late October of Southampton’s health scrutiny committee, health bosses said they would “reconsider” the closure. Rowenna Davis, Labour candidate for Itchen said “the fight isn’t over yet. The Clinical Commissioning Group has said it will take the people’s verdict seriously, but their board is yet to make the final decision. We can’t be complacent, we must keep up the pressure. If you haven’t already signed the petition, please make sure you do”

You can sign the petition online at: www.thepetitionsite.com and search ‘Bitterne’.

Many residents in West End, Hedge End, Bursledon, and Netley have expressed their shock and surprise to me when they’ve been told of the proposals. Many have told me how much they rely on the walk-in centre.

A&E waiting
The number of people waiting for a long time at A&E at the General has doubled since 2010; more than one patient in ten waits over four hours to be seen yet residents told me how the BWI Centre relieves pressure on Southampton General A&E department as it is open until 9:30 pm in the evening. Eastleigh residents from all over the borough use this facility, I’d like to hear your views, you can go online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bitterne-wic.

I will join Southampton Labour MP John Denham and Itchen candidate Rowenna Davis in fighting to keep the Centre open. Here are the reasons and issues behind why the Centre has reached this state:

Why is the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre under threat?
The local NHS is under pressure from Coalition cuts:

- In Southampton over £16 million was wasted on the Coalition’s NHS reorganisation that no one wanted; that’s more than ten times the money that would be saved by closing the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre!
- The NHS is short of community nursing staff to look after older people at home,
- Some GP practices can’t recruit doctors because of the financial and workload pressures on GPs
- Many patients find they wait a long time to see a GP

What is proposed?
- The CCG wants to shut the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre and spend the money saved, about £1.4m, on community nurses to look after the elderly, hoping fewer will have to go into hospital if they become ill. Around 20,000 patients a year using the NHS Walk-In Centre will lose the service.

The issues
There is a real crisis caused by central government policies. This leaves local health leaders facing difficult decisions. We understand why they want to spend more on community nursing for older people. However:

- Residents are very concerned that we have not been given detailed information on the cost of the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre.
- There are no alternative proposals; for example to invest more money in enabling patients to see local GPs and nurses easily.
- Our own West Hants CCG should be contributing to keep the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre open. Patients need access to care when they choose not masterplans and reorganisations of health quangos.

The Daily Echo recently reported Southampton Conservatives had suggested moving the Centre to a local pharmacy but the CCG said they knew nothing of these plans. We are also told it could be a temporary closure. This piecemeal approach is not acceptable to Eastleigh users of this clinic – we need a consultation and a plan.

On/Off Threat to Walk-In Centre

NHS Cuts - Bitterne Walk-In Centre may be reprieved - public petition launched Plans to close the Bitterne NHS Walk-In Centre have been proposed, then reconsidered, by the Coalition’s new...

Fifty years on a Different Frontline

Eighty-six year old Ted White of Eastleigh was delighted to join staff at the Tesco Extra in Bursledon as part of the national Respect for Shopworkers Week organised by the shopworker’s union USDAW. “I’ve been an Usdaw member 50 years, many things have changed, but the danger of being attacked at work hasn’t.” Ted said.

Ted was joined by Mark Latham, the Eastleigh Labour candidate who said "Raising awareness of this issue is important as every minute of the working day another shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked. Here in Eastleigh over 1 in 5 jobs are in the retail sector, and shop staff, especially shift workers, deserve respect and need protection. Often the sentence for shoplifting is harsher than that for assaulting shopworkers."

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(L to R: Marion Ferguson, Ted White, Mark Latham and Mark Illingworth.)

Throughout Hampshire incidents of violence in and around shops, especially those selling alcohol, are frequent. In Andover last month police patrols were stepped up following the injury of a Tesco Express security guard and in Portsmouth recently a 24 year old shop worker was assaulted in a Co-op store for pointing out the policy on customer’s dogs.

Most concerning of all were the video clips of 'Black Friday' on the news and internet, where shop workers, working at midnight, were confronted with angry crowds so desperate for a bargain TV that they frequently resorted to violence. Exposing staff to this is unacceptable. Being safe at work is a basic right.

Ted and Mark met with Tesco shift workers Marion Ferguson and Mark Illingworth at the Bursledon store, who told them about the fear of drunken shoppers late of night. “Freedom from fear means that accepting abuse is not part of the job.” Mark Latham said.

USDAW Respect for Shopworkers

Fifty years on a Different Frontline Eighty-six year old Ted White of Eastleigh was delighted to join staff at the Tesco Extra in Bursledon as part of the national Respect...

On Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Eastleigh Labour Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) Mark Latham entered a debate with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

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You can find the debate using the link below. It starts at 2 Minutes and 19 seconds into the video.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u05jbQ2yFZE#t=140

It is noted that the Conservative PPC Mims Davis did not attend this debate.

PPC Mark Latham in Online Debate

On Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Eastleigh Labour Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) Mark Latham entered a debate with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP. You can find the debate using...

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