Local cardiac rehab charity Hearts & Souls shortlisted for Aviva Community Fund award: please vote in support


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Hearts & Souls, a Buckinghamshire cardiac rehabilitation charity, has been shortlisted for a £5000 award from the Aviva Community Fund. There is an excellent cardiac rehabilitation service at Wycombe hospital, helping patients get back to normal after cardiac events. The exercise sessions that form part of the rehabilitation programme depend on charitable donations. It costs more than £20,000 a year to run these exercise sessions and Hearts & Souls is a charity dedicated to raising this money. The £5000 award would be […]

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Positive results for cardiac rehabilitation trial at Wycombe Hospital


Coronary Heart Disease is the most common cause of disability and premature death, responsible for up to 88,000 deaths per year. UK annual expenditure reaches £2 billion per year on healthcare costs for treating coronary heart disease alone. A robust cardiac rehabilitation service can reduce cardiac readmissions by up to 56%. Analysis has also suggested improvements in the service nationally could release over £30 million per year in savings that could be reinvested in our NHS. In January 2014, the new Care4TodayTM […]

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Children given chance to vote in community cash election


Children as young as 11 will be able to vote alongside adults in a special election which comes to High Wycombe for the first time next week. Buckinghamshire County Council has set up a ballot entitled ‘High Wycombe Decides’ to allow the public to choose where community cash is spent in the town. The Council, via its High Wycombe Local Area Forum (LAF), has £17,500 to spend locally among eight projects. Residents of High Wycombe and Downley will be able to […]

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Epilepsy safety awareness app launched in this Epilepsy Week


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In the last Parliament, I highlighted the tragic case of Jessica Monks, who died as a result of complications arising from her epilepsy. I have since taken a closer interest in this condition. This is National Epilepsy Week. It marks the launch of SUDEP Action’s ‘Stay Safe’ campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness of the risks associated with epilepsy and providing people experiencing seizures, their families and Health Professionals with the tools to monitor and take steps to lower […]

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New measures to support entrepreneurs and job creation


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As the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index repeatedly shows, entrepreneurship and opportunity are the primary keys to overall prosperity. It is because life in society is a creative dynamic process of discovering how best to serve the needs of other people and to adjust to them. If we are to become the most prosperous nation within a generation, we will need to liberate that spirit of innovation, service and commerce which has always served our country so well. I was therefore delighted […]

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Outgoing County Council Chairman Zahir Mohammed praises community


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As outgoing County Council Chairman Zahir Mohammed handed the chain of office to successor Chairman Bill Chapple, he praised those in the voluntary, civic, business and community sectors for their contribution to Buckinghamshire. Cllr Zahir told more than 200 guests at Hedsor House on Thursday 14 May that he felt privileged to have served the county over the last year. He called on guests to work together to manage the ‘challenges of tomorrow’. “Togetherness between us is of great value to […]

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The three essential points of a successful EU renegotiation


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Our present relationship with the European Union is untenable. As David Cameron has said, “we need fundamental, far-reaching change”. We are now in a Parliament which will deliver an in/out referendum on our membership after a renegotiation by the Government. The following three points must be achieved if any renegotiation is to be successful: A sovereign Parliament. The elected representatives of the British people must have the freedom and power to determine the law which governs life in the United Kingdom.  Today, EU rules account for […]

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Work set to start on alternative route through town centre


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Buckinghamshire County Council contractors are due to start work next week on Wycombe’s new Westbourne Street Link. The work, expected to be completed in October, is the first phase in giving traffic an alternative route through the town centre, from Oxford Road to Marlow Hill. Phase two, from the Southern end of the new Westbourne Steet Link along Desborough Road through the old gas works to Marlow Hill roundabout, is anticipated to start by March 2016. The ‘Alternative Route’ is […]

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Unemployment continues to fall


New figures published today show unemployment continues to fall as the economy strengthens. Since Labour were in power in 2010 the number of people in work has increased by 2.05 million and unemployment has fallen by nearly 0.7 million. In Wycombe, unemployment has fallen by 1,148 people since April 2010. Over the last year 80 per cent of the jobs created have been full-time, with only around one in 50 people working on zero-hour contracts. Unlike the last Labour government […]

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This is a government for working people


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The Conservative Cabinet will meet for the first time today. The Prime Minister will tell the new Cabinet that ‘this is a Government for working people’. David Cameron is putting working people front and centre of the new Government’s mission. The Prime Minister will announce new legislation that will be introduced within weeks to reform welfare, offer more apprenticeships, create two million jobs and help with childcare costs. This is a ‘One Nation’ Government that will act in the interests of […]

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