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Let’s spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS in Wycombe


A bill of £350 million every week for EU membership.  You may have seen this figure often in recent weeks. At a highly conservative estimate, it works out as a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year spent on the EU’s priorities. That’s a net contribution of £23 million every day of the year. Where is this money going? It helps the EU indoctrinate children (£500 million), subsidise three empty airports in Poland (£80 million) and transport 1000 officials from Belgium to France and back (£130 […]

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Junior doctors’ strikes reveal the fragility of patient-doctor relationships


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Today and tomorrow, junior doctors in our NHS are on strike. This action neglects taxpayers who expect world-class treatment around the clock, every day. Unlike previous occasions, this strike includes emergency services in hospitals across the UK. It is the BMA’s right to call this action, as a trade union representing those who work tirelessly to keep us healthy. The strike nevertheless rejects the fundamental principle that doctors are there to care for patients. Negotiations between the Government and the BMA led to agreement […]

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Unemployment in Wycombe continues to fall


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This morning, I received the great news that the number of claimants for Jobseekers’ Allowance and Universal Credit is continuing to fall. The total number of unemployed claimants in Wycombe constituency in March 2016 was 907, compared with 956 one month earlier and 1064 one year earlier. This represents a rate of 1.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, giving Wycombe one on the lowest claimant rates in the UK. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. This […]

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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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Your Community, Your Care – an invitation to share your views


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are running a number of sessions called ‘Your Community, Your Care’ from 7th April – 12th May and are inviting members of the community to attend. Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are currently exploring how they can develop healthcare hubs that will better support community needs. The Trust are keen to hear thoughts and ideas from local people across Bucks about how they might best deliver care closer to home for the future. You can find more […]

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A&E at Wycombe Hospital: General Election letter to electors


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The Bucks Free Press has reported on a campaign to return an A&E unit to Wycombe Hospital. I took the decision at the General Election to tell the truth as I understand it: Wycombe will not, and should not, see the return of an old-style A&E which would take medical care backwards. I came into politics to do what I could to set our political system right. It’s why I voted for full MP recall, why I am campaigning to take back […]

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A Parliamentary Question on HS2


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Last week, I had the opportunity to ask the Minister of State at the Department for Transport, Robert Goodwill, a parliamentary question: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): When construction of High Speed 2 is planned to begin. [904027]   The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Mr Robert Goodwill): A great deal of work has already been completed, and actual construction will start next year.   Mr Baker: Tempted as I am to propose that the Government build HS2 sometime […]

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The EDL are most unwelcome in Wycombe: we do not need their malign influence


The Bucks Free Press has reported a planned march in High Wycombe by the English Defence League on 9 April. I have a simple message for anyone preaching fear, hate and division: you are most unwelcome. You may have a right to peaceful protest but our Town does not need your malign influence. People must be judged as individuals on the content of their character, demonstrated in the conduct of their lives. It is totally unacceptable to condemn groups collectively. […]

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Lynton House surgery


Cressex Health Centre has recently set out proposals to close Lynton House surgery on London Road and reorganise its services. It is proposed to move the practice to a new, smaller site within Wycombe Hospital and to also extend the number of appointments available to patients at their main surgery at Hanover House. Cressex Health Centre has explained the reasoning behind the proposals to all patients on its list.  Principally, the current surgery premises on London Road are not fit […]

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New funding to tackle gang violence in High Wycombe is intelligence-led and preventative


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High Wycombe has been selected as one of nine new areas to receive assistance to tackle gang and youth violence. I welcome this intelligence-led preventative work and High Wycombe will benefit from tailored support from experts to better understand the nature of gang-related violence and exploitation, identify opportunities for collaborative working and share effective ways of tackling local challenges. This support falls under the Ending Gangs and Youth Violence Programme which has already helped 43 areas nationally. Whilst I am advised that we […]

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