A&E waiting times for Southport Hospital show that last week 62.7% of patients were seen within 4 hours. The Government target is 95%. Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southport Liz Savage (pictured above with South Ribble candidate Veronica Bennett) commented:
“Residents are having to face longer waiting times in Southport hospital due to David Cameron’s re-organisation of the NHS and his cuts to social services. If the correct “home care” is not in place then A&E has to deal with more re-admissions and beds get blocked at the other end of the system. What we are seeing is a return to where we were in the early 90’s when patients were left in corridors on beds, however now they are often left in an ambulance until they can be handed over to A&E. As a result ambulances are not able to get to those who most need them. “
Liz Savage, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate has taken local councillors to task over their lack of spending in Southport. Each Sefton Ward is allocated a certain amount of money based on its population. Local Councillors for each ward have to come to an agreement between them as to how the money is allocated in their wards.
Here’s the link to the latest ward budgets published by Sefton Council:
Liz stated “I’m shocked at how little has been spent within Southport from the ward budgets particularly as in most wards all the councillors represent the same party and therefore it’s not political differences which is stopping the money from being spent” At the moment there is £112k allocated to Southport which has not been spent.
“Councillors in Southport are quick to point the finger at Sefton Council and say that they don’t pay regard to Southport, but when money has been allocated it hasn’t been spent. Only £305 has been allocated of the Kew Ward budget and £53 in Norwood. Meanwhile residents in Kew around the Folkestone Road area are having major issues in relation to parking and Dukes Ward residents are having issues with dog poo. This money could be spent on schemes to alleviate these problems. Some of the money could be spent on installing or updating play equipment. Other projects could include helping the Botanic Gardens, painting of railings in parks, bandstands generally things that make Southport a more pleasant place to live.”
The Infrastructure Bill is now at the committee stage in Parliament. Under the bill the Highways Agency would be taken out of the Civil Service and become a Government Owned Company (GoCo). This could mean privatisation of the trunk road network in England and tolls to use our major roads.
The Bill will also allow unlimited fracking to take place under private property including houses and allow “any substance” to be left behind.
Liz Savage, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate stated, ” If the Highways Agency becomes a GoCo the PCS union and myself believe that this could eventually turn motorways and trunk roads into toll roads with charges levied by a private company. The coalition seems to view roads as similar to railways and utilities and want to get them ready for a sell-off. This Bill should be of particular concern to local residents and businesses since charging for further roads will only add to their budget constraints. Southport car drivers will rightly feel aggrieved because they already pay more in taxes by way of higher than average petrol prices. Ideally we would all like to see less car journeys but until Southport has better public transport connections, the local MP should not be supporting bills which inflict hardship on car drivers”
Labour tabled an amendment in parliament calling for the second reading of the Bill to be halted. Unfortunately this did go ahead as the reading was supported by local Lib Dem MP John Pugh and his coalition partners.
The bill also seeks to change the law which will allow fracking to occur close to people’s dwellings. Liz went on to say “85% of Southport constituency is covered by a fracking licence block so it’s surprising that our MP isn’t asking more questions about the progress of this Bill. The jury is still out on how safe fracking is and until we know more about the process in regards to the chemicals used and the potential for seismic activity we should be concerned at any de-regulation which will make it easier for this process to take place.”
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