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.

Beware the ‘flannel’ Cameron and Hunt come out with today

In 2010, when Labour was in power, 7,530 students were accepted to study medicine in the UK out of. 80,060 who applied. These are the doctors who will now be qualifying. In 2014, under the Conservatives, this number had fallen to 6,820 out of 84,850 applicants. The number of medical school places is a result of the national quota imposed on the number of places as much of the training needs to occur in a healthcare setting. . This government has reduced the number of doctors being trained.

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A recovery for the many, not just a privileged few – Ed Miliband speech

Ed_Miliband_2Click to see Ed Miliband explain his vision for the many

Thursday 13 November 2014

This election is a fight about a different direction for Britain, to make it work for everyday people, not just for a privileged few with:

  • A recovery that works for you and your family.
  • The next generation doing better than the last.
  • The NHS there when you need it.

And we’re in a fight not because our opponents think we’re destined to lose. We are in a fight because they fear we are going to win. Our task is simple: not to be distracted, but to focus on the prize of changing this country. More

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


Crude, random rationing by health bodies goes far wider and deeper than first believed with 125 previously-free treatments  restricted or even stopped altogether in last two years.

Labour uncovers new evidence to show:

  • restrictions are linked to arbitrary caps and cost – despite  Ministers’ claims;
  • restrictions are being introduced which diverge from NICE guidelines;
  • restrictions cover a number of serious treatments affecting patients’ levels of pain, mobility and quality of life;
  • 22 treatments or services stopped altogether by at least one PCT/CCG;
  • patients in parts of England left facing charges for essential treatments such as cataracts, knee surgery and hip replacements.

Labour calls on Ministers to initiate an immediate review of rationing in the NHS and to act immediately on new evidence showing treatment restriction on cost alone.

We call for the immediate reversal of rationing decisions which leave patients in severe pain, restrict mobility, limit their ability to live independently or have a major psychological impact, pending the outcome of this review.

For all other treatments we believe the Government should initiate a public debate on whether or not they should be provided nationally by the NHS rather than allowing them to be restricted in a random fashion.

Scarborough Borough Council backs Labour resolution on NHS

On the day before Parliament was due to to discuss the government’s NHS reforms, Conservative-run Scarborough Borough Council gave a resounding warning to the government that the reforms could damage local NHS services. The Council unanimously backed a Labour resolution calling on the Secretary of State for Health to ensure “that a district general hospital offering a wide range of essential services, including an A & E department will always be maintained in the Borough. The resolution recognised the concerns of residents and health professionals who live and work in the Borough of Scarborough in relation to the introduction of the Health and Social Care Bill 2011.

Moving the motion, Labour Group Leader Cllr Eric Broadbent said “I certainly don’t want to see Andrew Lansley’s Bill pave the way for an American-style health service, where private companies profit at the expense of patient care. Our residents need to be reassured that essential services will remain at our Scarborough and Whitby hospitals.

Deputy Labour Group Leader Cllr Colin Challen said “We were very pleased that the whole Council backed our resolution. This sends a very strong message to the Government that there are very genuine fears for the future of health services in this area. The view was expressed that being geographically on the fringe, these changes could threaten the range of local services. The government needs to follow the advice of the BMA and withdraw this Bill