NHS Day of Action in Scarborough and Whitby

Labour Party members were out on the streets of Scarborough and Whitby on March 4th, supporting Unite the union’s NHS Day of Action.

Plenty of enthusiasm from the public. People really do appreciate the NHS and what our doctors and nurses do for us. Many people signed a petition in Whitby, which is still a town uncertain as to the future of its hospital. Local people of all ages were delighted to show their support, as were our visitors, including Ric Sanders, violinist in the legendary band, Fairport Convention. He and his band had had a very successful and extremely well-received gig in the Pavilion on Friday night.

Scarborough Branch’s day of action presence in the town centre was no less successful. Their straw poll asking “Is the NHS safe with this government?” produced an overwhelming No vote.
Many shoppers took the time to chat with our members, expressing their own hopes that the Labour Party would manage to defend the NHS against cuts and creeping privatisation.

Ian McInnes on Scarborough Hospital

Ian on Scarborough Hospital.

This government’s reckless reorganisation of the NHS is behind the major incident that has been declared at Scarborough Hospital”

I have spoken with the excellent doctors and nurses at the hospital and am sure they are doing all they can at this difficult time.

A major incident at the largest employer in Scarborough is a problem for people across Whitby and Scarborough who rely heavily on the services it can provide. With the hospital effectively closed until further notice, people’s health and indeed people’s lives are being put at risk…read more

Mike Proctor of Scarborough Hospital in a BBC interview

Shortlisted bidders for supplying services at Whitby Hospital

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

Tories threaten Scarborough walk-in health centre?

Cllr David BillingFEARS have been raised that medical facilities in Scarborough will be closed or downgraded after the health watchdog – Monitor revealed that 53 out of 238 walk-in centres have been closed in recent months.
Scarborough County Councillor David Billing, a member of NYCC’s Scrutiny of Health Committee raised the issue at a full meeting of the authority held earlier this week. A consultation about the future of Scarborough’s Town Centre medical facility will begin in January.
Cllr Billing said: “There is widespread concern in Scarborough about the fate of the Walk-In Centre of York Place. This is a highly regarded and well used facility and its closure would be a great loss.”
Cllr Billing says that people’s fears have been compounded by Sir Bruce Keogh’s, medical director of NHS England, announcement about the possibility of the introduction of a two tier A&E system across the country.
“If the York Place facility were to close there would be an inevitable increase in the number of people presenting themselves at the A&E unit at Scarborough Hospital. At the same time there is little doubt in my mind that our Town’s A&E department would find itself in the second tier of the newly proposed A&E structure which would limit the kind of treatment currently received by patients,” said Cllr Billing.
For more information call David on 07970 485690