Guest Column: Fears remain over the future of the NHS here in Bassetlaw

John Mann MP

John Mann MP

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Our NHS is facing difficult times.

Across Bassetlaw and South Yorkshire our hospitals, CCGs and Health and Wellbeing Boards have been tasked by the Government to find £600 million of savings.

This will mean huge reforms and whilst some will mean positive change and improvements this also means we will be seeing the management of a huge cuts agenda.

Despite this challenging outlook for our NHS, I was very pleased to hear that Larwood Surgery has been rated outstanding following a recent inspection.

Congratulations to everyone at the surgery for providing such brilliant care.

I met last Friday with the senior management of Bassetlaw Hospital.

They assured me there will be no cutbacks to services, but I am not convinced.

It is important to keep the level of scrutiny and pressure high, especially given the fact that funds were raised locally for the breast cancer unit.

My campaign remains ongoing, so please contact me at mannj@parliament.uk or 01909 506200 if you want to help or add your name to the petition.

In Parliament this week I met with Breast Cancer Care, a charity that provides support to patients in the UK.

Our major topic of discussion was secondary breast cancer – when breast cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body.

I will continue to work with charities and the local hospital to keep treatment both local and high quality.

In March this year I called for the increase in car parking charges at the hospital to be reversed.

In Wales and Scotland car parking is free at most hospitals but in England patients and staff are subjected to significant costs.

One staff member has contacted me to suggest that people who work at the hospital feel unsafe walking in the dark to their cars that are parked far away from the main building.

Staff and patients who park on neighbouring streets also feel that they cause an annoyance to local residents, an unfortunate knock-on effect of these charges.

Access to superfast broadband is now as much of an essential for most people as having access to mains electricity and water.

Whether it’s working from home or doing homework, it’s now a vital necessity.

Many local people have been in touch to urge me to back a plan to break up BT’s Openreach.

If Openreach is failing to provide the service that is needed and is instead being used solely for BT’s shareholders then it needs to be drastically changed, something that I have told BT’s senior leadership and the Government ministers when I’ve met them to discuss the problems some Bassetlaw residents still have in accessing superfast broadband.

Contact me at mannj@parliament.uk or 01909 506200 and let me know if are satisfied with the broadband speed at your property.