The ambulance service which covers Wycombe has been succesful in its bid to become a Foundation Trust. You can read more about the success here. The move to Foundation Trust status is part of reforms introduced by the previous government and continued by the Coalition. These give NHS trusts more independence from central Government control and more accountability to the people they serve. Many congratulations to the service and all involved in the bid. I have become a member of […]
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Further to my trip to Stoke Mandeville Hospital using the bus service from Wycombe, I asked a Parliamentary Question on the centralisation of health services and the impact this has on transport options for patients. The Minister’s reply is reproduced below: Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has received no representations on the effect of greater centralisation of health services on transport links. However, we continue to promote the importance of accessibility planning in any decision making and encourage all public […]
Last Wednesday, I attended the re-launch of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Parliamentary Panel. The meeting coincided with the publishing of a report by the RCM on the State of Maternity Services in the UK. This revealed that the number of births per year increased by 22% between 2001 and 2010, while the number of midwives had increased from just over 18,000 in 2001 to just under 21,000 in 2010. These statistics suggest that there is a shortfall of […]
MP Steve Baker tonight called on the community to claim control of Wycombe Hospital if further changes brought in by the NHS “don’t work”. Chairing a meeting at Great Marlow School, he said he is “inclined to trust” health chiefs over their plans for the hospital, but urged people to take action if necessary. via MP Steve Baker calls for community to run hospital if NHS plans ‘don’t work’ (From Bucks Free Press). We had a good meeting in which […]
Via ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: Accounting has never been so exciting: There is a growing awareness that one of the main contributors – if not the main contributor – to the severity of the financial crisis was the system of accounting rules under which UK banks continue to operate. In particular, the culprit is the system of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), an EU-sponsored regime which has applied to UK and Irish banks since 2005. It’s something Howard Flight […]
Via High Wycombe weighs in new mayor Chaudhary Ditta (From Bucks Free Press): BOOS and cheers rang around Frogmoor this morning as crowds gathered to see whether High Wycombe’s dignitaries have been dining out at the taxpayers’ expense. Incoming mayor Chaudhary Ditta raised a cheer at the traditional Mayor Making ceremony when the town crier yelled out “no more” as he left the scales. The annual ritual has been going on since 1678 and sees civic dignitaries weighed at the beginning […]
This morning, I had one of my regular informal meetings with local senior NHS management. As you would expect, the present top-level political manoeuvring leaves senior NHS staff in a difficult position: how can they plan when policy is again up in the air? Right now, the NHS is scarcely under democratic control. Whether it should be is another subject but the fact is that health is primarily state provided in the UK. You would expect the state to have […]
Warning labels on medicines should be simplified because words such as “drowsiness” and “avoid” are too confusing for modern patients, experts claim. via ‘May cause drowsiness’ too confusing for modern medicine labels – Telegraph. I suppose the next thing will be complaints that ”do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine” is too directive and that people are worried about the sip of wine they had when they forgot they were on medication.
A HOSPITAL in Wycombe directly owned by residents would be the “dream”, MP Steve Baker says, after presenting a petition on ‘fairer funding’ to Parliament. As the Government put forward its radical NHS reforms yesterday, Mr Baker handed over a document with 1,547 signatures. via MP’s hospital ‘dream’ after fairer funding petition to Parliament (From Bucks Free Press).