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Wyre Forest Labour launched a campaign to save Ludlow Road Respite Centre in order to Support the parents of children who attend there. Labour started that campaign by launching a petition which attracted over 8,500 signatures. The petition was instrumental in the campaign to get public opinion onside, and so helped apply massive pressure on the council leading to this reprieve. The Centre offers Respite care to some of the most disabled children in the area so that their parents can recuperate. 

Commenting on the Tory County Council’s decision to offer Ludlow Road Respite Centre a reprieve until April 2019, leading Wyre Forest Labour campaign activists said:

“I’m so proud of everyone involved that helped us raise awareness from day one and since Labour started the campaign, including colleagues in other Labour constituencies across Worcestershire. It was amazing seeing people from from all over the constituency and beyond support it. I want to praise the children’s parents in particular, who stuck at it in all weathers, collecting signatures from the public. It undoubtedly played a pivotal role in helping to raise their concerns with the Council, leading to this decision.” - Ben Davies, Labour Constituency Secretary

“Let’s be clear, the Tory Council has just kicked the can down the road on this issue. They haven’t really changed their minds, they’re just hoping to take the sting out of it by praying people will forget. They’re no doubt already thinking about how they are going to spin this in 6 months time. Tories only know how to cut and privatise. They’ve run out of ideas because they’re so ideologically wedded to austerity. Well, I’ve got a message for the Tories at County Hall, it ain’t gonna work, campaigners and parents are not daft. We’re still here, and as determined as ever. The fight goes on and we’re already planning the next phase. Labour will continue to support the children and their parents so the Council will have to come up with a long term sustainable solution to keep Ludlow Road open, permanently.” - Stephen Brown, Labour Press Officer

Ludlow Road Respite Centre granted a reprieve until April 2019

Wyre Forest Labour launched a campaign to save Ludlow Road Respite Centre in order to Support the parents of children who attend there. Labour started that campaign by launching a...

Wyre Forest Labour will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS) with a Street-stall outside Kidderminster Town Hall on Saturday 7th July from 11am - 1.30pm.

Our National Health Service turns 70 this month and Wyre Forest Labour’s Street-stall is to celebrate this and say ‘thank you’ to NHS staff both past and present.

In holding this Street-stall, Labour is inviting NHS workers and people from all our communities living and working in and around Wyre Forest to join in with us in this celebration.

Labour wants to demonstrate support for this brilliant, universal, free to use healthcare system born in 1948 by Clem Attlee’s Labour Government.

Labour will be raising awareness too of the damage that 8 years of Tory austerity has brought to the NHS.

Stephen Brown, Wyre Forest Labour said “Theresa May’s headline grabbing seeming quick fix for the NHS is an illusion. It’s an uncosted £20billion, she hasn’t said how she’ll pay for it, it won’t fix the NHS at all. It doesn’t even come close to the levels of historic funding needed and provided between 1948 and 2010. It doesn’t come close either to the 5% Labour said the NHS needs, and will be provided by Labour to put our NHS back on track, if Labour forms the next Government. People can see daily with what’s happening with Worcestershire NHS as it lurches from one crisis to another, a crisis made in Whitehall by the Tories, and feverishly supported by Mark Garnier, Wyre Forest Tory MP. Labour will end this crisis, with the support of the people and our communities back in 1948 Labour made the NHS, and together this time around, we can fix it too.”

The key to the day is the celebration of our NHS however, and there will be bunting, balloons, stickers and leaflets; and a giant NHS 70th birthday card for members of the public to sign. It is Labour’s intention to present this card to local NHS workers at 1.30pm.

Labour’s birthday card was chosen following a nationwide online competition.

The NHS is Labour’s proudest achievement. We cherish the way it puts people first and supports us at every stage of our lives, but we need to work together to ensure it serves us for generations to come.

The next Labour government will make sure the NHS is equipped to deal with the challenges of today, protect patients and staff, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our health service. We will always give the NHS the money it needs, boost funding for new buildings and stand up for patients’ rights to high quality and timely care. From the start of our lives to the very end, our NHS is there for us. Let’s celebrate it and fight for it.

Labour Celebrates NHS 70th Birthday At Kidderminster Street-stall 7th July

Wyre Forest Labour will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the National Health Service (NHS) with a Street-stall outside Kidderminster Town Hall on Saturday 7th July from...

The Trust’s rating of inadequate is overall the same as before. Whilst improvements in some areas have been made, and maternity services are rated good, it’s more a reflection of the excellent staff doing their best under difficult circumstances, rather than any perceived material change in the effectiveness of the management to manage. That the caring of staff itself has been rated as good in the Report confirms this fact but let’s not lose sight of the fact some services are not safe.

So, let’s be clear, any management would struggle given the challenge they face thanks to Tory Government NHS cuts, not to mention their refusal to give work visas to much needed doctors to work here.

Our local Tory MPs are quick to take the credit for good news but predictably go into hiding when the situation is more damaging for them. Your local Tory MPs have voted for NHS cuts, are content to see it privatised, and have supported a hostile immigration environment. All have consequences and that is being played out now in Worcestershire Acute NHS.

We have a Tory Health Secretary in Jeremy Hunt who has written a booklet on defunding and privatising the NHS, so no one should be surprised that is what’s actually happening now.

Waiting lists are an issue, as is capacity in A&E, so it’s obvious Ms McKay will cling to any lifeboat of good news, and does. Frankly, it’s not a good enough response to be pleased about maternity services when there is a shambles going on around her. Let’s not forget, this has been going on for a long time now.

The extra £8million she refers to might help in the Winter, but in case it’s escaped her attention, the NHS is in a year long crisis. Worcestershire Acute is short of £60million overall had it kept pace with Labour funding and the deficit as if by coincidence is around £60million.

Just this last weekend the same problems of capacity in A&E surfaced again. Things won’t change until we have a Labour Government who will give the NHS the funding that it, our communities, and people deserve. And on the 70th anniversary of the NHS, that moment can’t come soon enough if we are to save our NHS from Tory dogma that is killing the NHS in a thousand cuts inflicted on a daily basis.”

Tory cuts leave Worcestershire Acute NHS still being rated as overall inadequate

The Trust’s rating of inadequate is overall the same as before. Whilst improvements in some areas have been made, and maternity services are rated good, it’s more a reflection of...

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