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30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

New data shows that over 30% of people living in NHS Bristol CCG area are waiting over a week to see their GP when trying to book an appointment.

Marvin Rees, Labour’s candidate for Bristol Mayor, said:

“This issue is causing real problems in Bristol and means that nearly a third of people cannot see their GP when they need to. I want to see Bristol’s Mayor standing up and fighting the government on their failure to provide for our health service.

“If I am elected I will support our NHS; I will fight for more hospital beds, strengthen Bristol’s mental health services and provide more training for dementia carers to make our city dementia friendly. I will also return the post of Director of Public Health to the most senior level in the city council and work with health organisations to appoint a city health commissioner.”

This will ease the pressure on our GPs who are facing major budget cuts and an ever deepening NHS crisis.”

Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“More than five years of David Cameron’s government has left the NHS in meltdown and GP services in crisis.

“Millions of patients across the country are struggling to see their family doctor and cuts to funding mean this situation is likely to get worse, not better.

“David Cameron talks about a seven-day NHS, but the reality is he is failing to deliver a five-day NHS and patient care is suffering as a result.

“The Tories need to start taking some responsibility for this situation. Rather than standing by and doing nothing, we need to see proper plan for improving the NHS and ensuring patients get the care they need, when they need it.”

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

30% of people living in Bristol are waiting over a week to get a GP appointment

Cllrs Geoff Wheeler and Pete Edwards join Council Leaders across the country to call on voters to Remain in the EU

 

Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, and Pete Edwards, Leader of Exeter City Council, joined council leaders from across the country by signing a letter warning that “the disastrous economic effects of Brexit could mean catastrophe for our councils’ ability to deliver the services people rely on.”

The letter argues that in order to continue to support local businesses and jobs, remaining in the EU is crucial.  The letter argues that in almost every area of council work, leaving the EU would have a negative impact.  In particular they use the examples of policing, environmental protection and public health and funding for flood protection as areas that could be damaged if the UK votes for leave in June.  They also argue that Brexit would leave local people £450 a year worse off as a result of higher prices on the high street. 

Geoff Wheeler, Leader of Stroud District Council, said:

“Membership of the European Union has a beneficial effect across a wide variety of local council services from helping to promote jobs and growth, protecting the natural environment and flood prevention.  The potential economic damage from leaving the EU could have very bad consequences for local firms. With local councils becoming more dependent on the rates collected from local businesses, there would also be a severe knock-on effect on council services to the community.”

Council Leaders Back the EU

Cllrs Geoff Wheeler and Pete Edwards join Council Leaders across the country to call on voters to Remain in the EU  

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans to face online Q&ATudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, hits back against the cuts the budget brings to Plymouth

Tudor said:

"Over the last year George Osborne announced more cuts to support for local councils, saying that the gap would be made up by councils getting more business rates by 2020.

At the moment everybody pays into a national pot; business rates are collected by councils locally, set by government nationally, and then redistributed around the country, because some parts of the country are weaker economically than London is.  As it stands George Osborne’s proposal today is to let London keep all of the money it raises meaning none of that money will be available for distribution to the rest of the country, including areas like the South West. 

To make matters worse he has also announced today that there is to be a cut in the business rate even though councils have assumed there will be no cut as part of their budget making proposals over the next 3 years. That will mean huge holes in budgets across every local authority outside of London. The pressure will be felt most keenly on adult social care budgets, but every council service will be affected.  

Last but not least, it makes a mockery of devolution deals - those already negotiated and those in the process of negotiation. The initial bribe from Osborne was that only elected mayors would be able to increase or decrease the rate of business rates in their locality. But his declaration that everyone everywhere will see a reduction in business rates would seem to make a mockery of all of those who have agreed to have an elected mayor on the basis that they would have that freedom.  Not only is his economic policy in tatters but his massive mess of a devolution policy would seem to have hit the buffers today.”

Plymouth City Council Leader hits back against budget cuts

Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, hits back against the cuts the budget brings to Plymouth

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