Third world NHS risk for Bassetlaw

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

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I recently welcomed pupils from Dyscarr Primary School from Langold and St Mary and St Martin’s Primary School from Blyth when they visited the Houses of Parliament.

I am looking forward to meeting Carr Hill pupils from Retford in a couple of weeks time. I never undervalue the importance of school trips to Parliament and I am very proud that we have the highest number of children visiting my place of work than any other MP.

What’s great about the trips is that they give children the opportunity to see and experience the sights of London that many have only ever seen on the television. All of this has only been made possible because of the financial support from local councillors including Cllr’s Fielding, Gilfoyle, Greaves, Place and Mumby who have used their community money to pay for the coaches. They have opened doors for children that would have otherwise remained closed.

Latest news is that the new Cinema is going great guns with the turnstiles turning and seats being filled. We now need some restaurants so that people can enjoy an evening out and go for a meal before or after watching a film. This will bring new life to our town centre which is much needed and will be welcomed.

I met with Nottinghamshire’s new Chief Constable, Chris Eyre last week. He has agreed to work with the community on a ground breaking alcohol strategy in Bassetlaw. There is a key role for Bassetlaw District Council and Councillor Josie Potts and for local churches in making this happen.

There are new dangers at Bassetlaw Hospital with major traumas now being sent to Doncaster. The Government are promoting big city hospitals and regional specialist centres. For example they want to close the children’s heart surgery units in Leeds and Leicester with specialist centres in Newcastle, Birmingham and Liverpool. The two units set to close are the ones closest to Bassetlaw. Its areas like ours that are in danger of becoming a third world NHS. We must fight this centralisation. The most advanced health services in Scandinavia are going in the opposite direction and we don’t need the cynics to explain why we are not following their example. Its all about money and cutting our NHS to ribbons. Our saving grace is that our GP’s are still the best in Britain.

Today many people across Bassetlaw are supporting the work of the MacMillan nurses by hosting or participating in a coffee morning - I urge local residents to take some time out to support the cause.