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The NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last week, the NHS published a Five Year Forward View. Amongst other things, it envisages a new care model which is close to the proposals I have brought forward – the Primary and Acute Care System: We will now permit a new variant of integrated care in some parts of England by allowing single organisations to provide NHS list-based GP and hospital services, together with mental health and community care services. And, In some circumstances – such as in deprived urban communities […]

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Wycombe Homeless Big Sleepout 2014


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As the Centre for Social Justice demonstrated in 2006, too many people are trapped in cycles of addiction, debt, family breakdown, worklessness and educational failure. Too often, one or more of these factors will lead people onto the streets, homeless. Please join me in supporting the great work of Wycombe Homeless Connection as they go about helping individuals rebuild their lives. I’ll be sleeping on the street on 15 November: please sponsor me here: bit.ly/BakerSleepout2014.

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A brighter future for Wycombe Hospital


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Today, I am publishing a report I commissioned from   Durrow: A better future for Wycombe Hospital – a proposal for a long term & successful future. In the years since Wycombe was established as a district general hospital, healthcare demands have increased and changed while medical practice has become more specialised. As a consequence, hospitals like ours right across the country have faced a loss of services as care has centralised to preserve quality. Changes to A&E departments have aroused the most anxiety. People need […]

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Buckinghamshire Draft Countywide Parking Guidance: Public Consultation


Buckinghamshire County Council is currently consulting on new Countywide Parking Guidance which sets out the Council’s approach to parking throughout the county and explains how space much new parking developments should provide for bicycles, motorcycles, cars and Blue Badge holders. The new standards have been developed taking into account the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which gives Local Authorities more flexibility when developing parking standards. The Council are looking to gather people’s opinions on their proposals to help make […]

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Fairer funding for schools announced


The Government has announced that schools in some of the least fairly funded local areas in the country will benefit from a £390 million cash boost in the biggest step towards fairer schools funding in a decade. The schools budget in Buckinghamshire will increase by £18m. Schools in Wycombe should see their per pupil funding increase by £264. There has long been an unfairness in the funding system which meant that local schools were not receiving the funding they deserved. This […]

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