Deputy Leader of Labour Party focuses on Shropshire’s health crisis

Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party has met with members of the local Ludlow Labour Party, over drastic cuts to Shropshire’s health services.

Tarlochen Singh-Mohr and Sean Fernyhough, Chair and Secretary of Ludlow Labour, with Mark Kirby seized their chance to meet Mr. Watson at the Labour regional office in West Bromwich, to ask him to help save Shropshire’s plummeting services.

Sean, Tarlochen and Mark Meeting Tom Watson

NHS spending across Shropshire is being cut by £135 million per year. Following the closure and promised reopening of 3 of our 5 maternity units, Minor Injuries and GP services are “under review” by the Clinical Consulting Group (CCG). Minor Injury Units may be reduced from 4 to 2. Community hospitals face closure, despite the CCG’s data proposing to close Ludlow hospital being criticised as “misleading and biased” by doctors from two local Ludlow surgeries.

Broseley town Councillor Singh-Mohr told Mr. Watson, “Many people living in rural Shropshire are anxious about the funding of both general practice and local pharmacies. Patients are being told it is increasingly difficult to provide the services everyone wants.” He described the crisis engulfing our A&E units at Shrewsbury and Telford, alongside a creeping move towards privitisation.

Mr. Watson agreed that the problem of Shropshire’s cuts must be raised in Westminster: “we are applying all the pressure we can on the government to provide proper funding. We will constantly raise these concerns.” Mr. Watson will visit the Ludlow constituency in the New Year look at how to shine a spotlight for our services in Westminster. In the meantime, the West Midlands Regional Health team will work with Ludlow Labour Party members to protect and develop services, ramping up campaigns, alongside Shropshire locals.

Meeting Tom Watson

Preet Gill Edgbaston MP, Tom Watson MP, Sean Fernyhough, Mark Kirby, Gurinder Singh Josan and Tarlochen Singh Mohr

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commented 2017-11-19 19:13:08 +0000
Brilliant that Ludlow Labour are linking regional concerns to National Policy and shouting for us at the highest levels! This type of initiative is to be hugely valued, at time when the gulf between London and the regions, especially rural, has never been more pronounced (it’s not just us – think of Devon in September when 2 Junior Docs were left to run Plymouth hospital). It’s outrageous that our own MP, Phillip Dunne, is not doing more for us, as Health Minister.

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