Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Fewer Devon people to receive social care as £23m is set to be slashed from budgets

By |2017-01-31T13:29:00+00:00January 31st, 2017|News|

Fewer people are set to be eligible to receive social care in Devon in the coming year, following the latest required budget cuts, due to government austerity measures.

At the same time Devon County’s council tax is set to rise by 4.99 per cent from April, to try and cope with the latest massive loss in income.

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President Trump’s first shocking week

By |2017-01-31T08:25:00+00:00January 31st, 2017|News|

I think the last seven days have been the most politically surreal of my entire life.

And the news that President Trump was going to ban Muslims from the United States, including those people who already live there but were not living in the country at the time of his Executive Order, left me slack jawed with astonishment.

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Devon County conservatives vote down chance of deferring hospital bed closures

By |2017-01-25T09:39:00+00:00January 25th, 2017|News|

Six conservative councillors voted down my proposal to defer a rushed decision to close half the remaining community hospital beds in Eastern Devon.

The proposal was made at last Thursday’s (19 January) Devon County Council health and wellbeing scrutiny committee following a presentation from four members of NEW Devon clinical commissioning group (CCG), which revealed that many more than 3,000 responses were received to their consultation to close 72 beds.

The six conservatives include Cllr Paul Diviani, who is the councillor for Honiton, where the hospital beds are set to be lost as part of the decision.

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NHS Property Services refuses to answer question seven months since it was asked

By |2017-01-24T18:04:00+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

I am more convinced than ever after last week’s health scrutiny committee, that the secretary of state for health’s private company, NHS Property Services, is a shady operation with no interest whatsoever in actually being part of the NHS, or aiding the provision of NHS services.

It has continued to refuse to answer my simple question, which I first asked seven months ago. I have been asking since last June via Devon County Council’s health scrutiny committee - yes that’s about seven months - a simple question.

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SAVE OUR NHS MARCH ON PARLIAMENT - LONDON - SATURDAY 4 MARCH

By |2017-01-24T13:35:00+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

If, like me, you are increasingly frustrated and very angry about what this government and the conservative led coalition have done to the NHS, you have the option of joining a national protest demonstration in Tavistock Square, midday, London, on Saturday 4 March.

Protesters will gather in Tavistock Square and then march on parliament.

The East Devon Alliance is helping to arrange a coach which will stop off at towns in East Devon, so if you would like to attend, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

There will be a small fee for the journey.

Let’s show the government just what we think of their management of our NHS….

Hope to see you there!

For more see http://www.prruk.org/4-march-2017-its-our-nhs-national-demonstration/

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Hugo Swire Rich List clarification

By |2017-01-24T11:42:00+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

Hugo Swire has requested that I clarify any misunderstanding about the Sunday Times Rich List.

I am happy to clarify that it is his FAMILY, not Mr Swire, who are listed 42 on The Sunday Times Rich List, as I stated in my “Year of great change” blog - https://www.claire-wright.org/index.php/post/2016_a_year_of_great_change .

My apologies for any misunderstanding.

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Taking part in a BBC Spotlight live studio debate about the NHS

By |2017-01-19T22:06:00+00:00January 19th, 2017|News|

I joined a live BBC Spotlight studio debate this evening about the state of the NHS.  I was giving my views along with Sarah Wollaston MP, Angela Pedder, chief executive of the Success Regime and Cathy Byrne, chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

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Debate in parliament tomorrow (Weds) on unfair education funding shake-up

By |2017-01-17T18:45:00+00:00January 17th, 2017|News|

There will be a debate tomorrow morning at 9.30am on the crazy education funding shake up that will see most local schools lose funding, despite them already being among the lowest funded in the country - it can be viewed from this link - http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons

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Health scrutiny cttee to debate health cuts and NHS Property Services next week

By |2017-01-13T13:02:00+00:00January 13th, 2017|News|

Devon County Council’s health and wellbeing scrutiny committee will debate community hospital bed cuts, the sustainability and transformation plan and NHS Property Services, next Thursday (19 January) from 10am.

The sustainability and transformation plan (STP) will be debated from 10am, with the rest of the meeting’s business taking place from 2pm.

The STP sets out huge cuts for the NHS in Devon, with the worst impact being in North Devon.  The leaked version of the document is very much more revealing than the officially published version….

Links to the agenda papers are here - http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=2292&x=1

and the STP can be found here - http://democracy.devon.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=1980&x=1

Anyone wishing to address the committee should register asap with Gerry Rufolo - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The meeting will be webcast and can be watched live here - https://devoncc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

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