Shortlisted bidders for supplying services at Whitby Hospital

MEDIA RELEASE
17 October 2014

Whitby Memorial HospitalAnnouncement of shortlisted bidders for providing community and out of hours services in Whitby and surrounding area
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG) has today announced the shortlisted bidders entering the second stage of the process to select a provider of community and out of hours services in Whitby and the surrounding area.
Following an extensive period of market engagement, a formal procurement process was launched on 19 August 2014 where all interested providers were invited to join the pre-qualification phase with the intention of identifying a shortlist of qualified potential bidders.
Providers were rigorously assessed on their likely ability to meet the needs of the local community in Whitby and the surrounding area and as a result, three organisations have been invited to proceed to the next stage. These organisations are (in alphabetical order): Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Doctors Urgent Care and Virgin Care Services.
These three organisations will now go through challenging evaluations and assessments in the coming months before a preferred bidder is identified. The CCG anticipate that the successful provider will be in place and delivering services from 1 July 2015. More

Plans for Whitby Hospital – Have your say

Whitby Memorial HospitalNHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its next Patient Congress event on Thursday 16th October from 5.30pm at Sneaton Castle, Whitby, YO21 3QN. Click this link for more information: Fit for the future

We have had a message from NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG:

“Our Patient Congress is a forum for patient representatives from all practices in the CCG with members of our Health Engagement Network. At the Patients’ Congress we update people on developments at the CCG and discuss the latest initiatives and plans.

“If you would like to attend the event, to help us manage numbers, please call 01609 767600 or email whitbyf4f@nhs.net including your name and contact telephone number. More

What price public health?

Recently I wrote to Don McKenzie (portfolio holder with responsibility for public health) at North Yorkshire County Council) because of concerns that had been raised with me cinder trackby members of a local community group – ‘Friends of the Old Railway’. I play a very small part in the organisation giving what support I can, to a dedicated group of people trying to protect and promote this wonderful community asset, the Cinder Track, that stretches along the coast from Scarborough to Whitby. The route provides fantastic access to our dramatic coastline and the North York Moors National Park; as well as providing a safe off-road route for pedestrians and cyclists in the urban sections at either end. I am also a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority, which recognises the strategic importance of this asset and we were very disappointed when our £5m bid to Government to improve cycling infrastructure in our National Park was unsuccessful. Well over a 1000 trips per day are made along the Cinder Track in urban Scarborough; some for recreational purposes but most simply as a way of getting about. The route is strategically important for many reasons but specifically in relation to tourism and in the promotion of North Yorkshire County Council’s Public Health agenda. The bid included £2m to bring the track surface up to a decent condition and emphasised the benefits that improving the track would bring not only to sustainable tourism and a cleaner environment but also to public health, by encouraging everyday physical activity. More

50 Year Old Hedgerow Savaged

A natural wildlife and plant habitat has been savaged on the “Dell”  leading to the “Mount” on the Eastfield Estate in the Borough of Scarborough.

Tony RandersonI am currently attempting to ascertain from SBC Officers with absolute clarity that so far as they are concerned no Regulations/Legislation have been breached! The Countryside Officer did admit that although the hedge had been cut back it did not breach the regulations because it had not been completely pulled out!

4photoWell, for the damage caused it may as well have been. This area has been “ripped apart” apparently by a farmer whose rented land borders this hedgerow. Residents living on this estate, some for more than 50 years, cannot remember such devastation to this wildlife walk.

I have also ascertained that when this area was assessed for becoming an extension to the Dells local nature reserve, it met all the criteria to satisfy Natural England’s higher level stewardship due to the diversity of this ancient hedgerow and the habitat within. Just over a year ago discussions took place on collaboration between the Dell Project and the Middle Deepdale Developers to develop this area of the valley as an extension to the Dell. More

A ‘fare’ deal for Ramshill

“Keep this ‘lifeline’ Weaponness Valley & South Cliff bus”

Campaign launched by Ramshill Ward’s new Labour councillor Steve Siddons.

Labour’s Steve Siddons is campaigning to have County Council plans to axe Ramshill’s Weaponness Valley and South Cliff bus service reversed. He hopes to arrange a public meeting on the proposal and invite a representative of NYCC Transport Service to come along and explain the rationale behind the planned change. More

Councillor Broadbent calls in decision on Park and Ride

park and rideThe call in against the decision of the Yorkshire Coast and Moors special meeting on  19 September, to implement the Whitby Park and Ride will now be heard at County Hall on 9 October. 

Eric_BroadbentAs leader of the Labour Group I called the decision in as our Councillors were against the scheme being implemented as we felt the there were still many questions to be answered about the present viability of the scheme, issues that local residents had raised that if not addressed could adversely affect residents, visitors and local businesses. More

Whitby Parking Consultation

TinaThe scheme for parking in Whitby as it currently stands seems to be unworkable for various reasons. The fact that there are so many different zones will make life very difficult for residents if they cannot find a parking space near their home.

The scheme does not give any priority to residents, despite this claim being made as a reason for introducing the scheme. The design of the zones does not seem to be based on empirical evidence, nor is the scheme derived from best practice in other locations.

Many of the people in the East side of Whitby – some of the least well off in Whitby – are excluded from the zones, and will have to pay to park in the town. There is a risk that this will result in social exclusion, discouraging people from using facilities in the centre of Whitby, and increasing isolation as people have to pay to visit family and friends in other parts of their town.

The scheme may discourage people from visiting Whitby, and seems to impose a “local tax” on people, which means that the less well off visitors are further disadvantaged, at a time when public transport provision is limited and threatened with further cuts. The same applies to lower paid workers in the town, who may travel in from nearby villages, for example.

The provision of transport from the Park and Ride sites seems to be inadequate to cope with anticipated numbers.

In my view the scheme needs to be scrapped, and open consultation be undertaken with residents and other interested parties to address the issues around parking in Whitby, informed by best practice elsewhere.

NYCC Parking Proposal

Parking-Sign-K-7197The One-Zone for Whitby community campaign led by the Labour Party has submitted the attached report written by Diana Jeuda in response to North Yorkshire County Council’s parking proposals for Whitby. Click below to open the report.

RESPONSE TO THE NYCC CONSULTATION ON PARKING PROPOSALS

Parking discussion at Whitby Town Council

Date 3 September, 6:45pm, Venue: Pannett Park, Whitby

Parking-Sign-K-7197Thank you to the many hundreds of people who have signed our community petition demanding that NYCC should think again about their proposed parking plans for Whitby.

Keep up the pressure – tell your friends and family about it and let’s turn out in force at Whitby Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday 3 September to show the NYCC officers that we will not allow their plans to be pushed through while ignoring the views of huge numbers of residents. The agenda for this meeting is attached. Click below to open the pdf.

. Full-Council-Agenda-3.9.13

 

 

Council Tax Benefit Cuts Bite

Recipients of Council Tax benefit will lose cash every week from 1 April.
These changes have come about because the coalition government is cutting the current sum given to the council
by 10% and now capping the total amount.
Although this will not affect pensioners it is estimated that around six and a half thousand households will be affected throughout the Borough and means that everyone regardless of means will pay at least 20% of their Council Tax bill.
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