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Temporary staff costs in the NHS

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A recent article in the Bucks Free Press highlighted the financial strain on Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, following the publication of the most recent Trust Board meeting papers. The Bucks Free Press noted that temporary staff costs amounted to £22 million from April to December 2015. Workforce recruitment and retention in Bucks are key challenges. The cost of living in the local area relative to the NHS national pay structure is an important factor to be considered. With the exception of London […]

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Problems with Transport to Hospital – Healthwatch Bucks Transport Report

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Healthwatch Bucks recently published a report which identifies that local people are still finding it difficult to access hospital services. The report attributes these difficulties to both gaps in transport services and a lack of awareness of transport options. For many residents in Bucks, the stress, anxiety and cost associated with getting to their appointments has become a major issue. This is a problem I have highlighted previously, when I caught the Arriva bus to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2012 […]

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Overall crime has dropped 10% in Thames Valley

There has been significant good news in the Thames Valley Police Area of which Wycombe is a part. This record has been supported by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Conservative Anthony Stansfeld. Anthony has explained to MPs that: In the last year overall crime has dropped by 10% in the TVP area, the second biggest drop in the country. Burglary has dropped by 20%. In Reading it has dropped by over 40%. Rural crime is now taken seriously […]

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Bucks CC shortlisted for four awards

Buckinghamshire County Council has been shortlisted for four national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards in the following categories: Public Health Corporate Governance Innovation in Commissioning Team of the Year The submissions were among a record-breaking 640 entries for the awards. While the final results are not yet in, few local authorities have fared better than Buckinghamshire. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 12. Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: We are thrilled […]

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Educational Co-operative services available locally in Bucks

After the debate on Co-operatives in Education that I called last month, I have been made aware of Resolute Education Co-operative Ltd (RECOOP). It provides four key services for schools: Emergency cover when a teacher is absent Cover for planned teacher absences Placement of Instructors Recruitment of full time teachers and instructors RECOOP offers low fees and savings for many schools in the region of thousands of pounds, while teaching members receive equitable pay for their services. It is a […]

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