A reprieve for the Bitterne Walk-in Centre


Last night I attended the City Council’s Health Overview Scrutiny Panel (HOSP) to make representations on behalf of local residents regarding the proposed closure of the Bitterne Walk-in Centre. I made it clear that to close the centre without full and thorough consultation was not acceptable. I pointed out that the walk-in centre is a [...]

A reprieve for the Bitterne Walk-in Centre2014-10-31T11:30:32+00:00

The Secretary of State must intervene


Since the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced its plans to close the much-valued Bitterne Walk-in Centre I have been working to find a solution that will both protect the Walk-in Centre and perhaps release funding to assist with the additional pressures winter puts on health services. I have asked the Labour controlled council to use [...]

The Secretary of State must intervene2014-10-30T14:03:58+00:00

Bitterne Walk-in Centre Update


I promised to keep you updated on progress in my campaign to save the Bitterne Walk-in Centre from closure. As I understand it the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) cannot make this decision without approval of the City Council's Health and Well Being Board (H&WBB). This Board is dominated by Labour Councillors. I am therefore a little [...]

Bitterne Walk-in Centre Update2014-10-24T11:43:52+00:00

Multi-million pound boost for Hampshire blue light collaboration


Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has secured £4 million in Government funding to improve frontline services and strengthen its partnerships with other emergency services. HFRS was given the green light and funding for two projects as the Government announced the beneficiaries of the £75 million Fire Transformation Fund. £2.6m will be used to provide a new [...]

Multi-million pound boost for Hampshire blue light collaboration2014-10-23T15:09:10+00:00

Bitterne Walk-in Centre Update


Last week I was briefed about the proposed closure of the Bitterne Walk-in Centre. Since then I have received some further information from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It sheds more light on their thinking but it doesn't explain how £1.4m is needed for 12 staff and what appear to be relatively inexpensive overheads. I am [...]

Bitterne Walk-in Centre Update2014-10-16T10:24:27+00:00

Changes to the Bitterne Walk-in Centre


Yesterday I was briefed by the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about a 'Pilot' scheme to close the BItterne Walk-in Centre for a period of six months from 1st December 2014.   The CCG want to close the centre and re-allocate its current running costs to strengthen community nursing services across the City during the [...]

Changes to the Bitterne Walk-in Centre2014-10-10T15:44:04+00:00

Firefighter welfare causes to receive £1m funding boost


Hampshire's fire chiefs have welcomed a multi-million pound boost for firefighter welfare causes. The Fire Fighters Charity will receive up to £1 million of funding from the Government to enhance their existing services to fire service staff. The charity will also be handed a further £1 million to enable them to offer their services to both ambulance and [...]

Firefighter welfare causes to receive £1m funding boost2014-10-07T09:57:59+00:00

Emergency Services Information Day


I recently attended an emergency services information day for Southampton City Councillors at St Mary's Fire Station. The event was well attended and the displays and discussions were very informative. One demonstration always certain to capture the attention of the audience and the willing volunteer is the vehicle extrication. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are [...]

Emergency Services Information Day2020-08-26T13:35:09+00:00
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