Your views on the review of health service provision in Worcestershire

I am meeting the Worcestershire PCT on Friday 5th March, so any questions you have on the health service I will put to them, especially the review they have been asked to undertake by the government, which threatens how the Princess of Wales Community Hospital is run.

From Bromsgrove Standard

“SHOCK proposals to merge the running of Bromsgrove’s Princess of Wales Community Hospital into a larger organisation have been unveiled by the Government. NHS Worcestershire made an announcement [January 29] when it revealed Whitehall chiefs had ordered them to carry out an immediate review of health service provision in the county.

The stakeholder brief stated the aim of merging the organisation with either Worcestershire Mental Health Trust or Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, which runs the major hospitals in the county including Worcestershire Royal.”

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The election team has roared into life

Once the snow was melted by the rain on Saturday my team hit the pavements with the first Lib Dem Focus of 2010. We’ve made a good start, lots of feedback already and I was particularly pleased with the response to my comments in the Bromsgrove Standard on cold weather payments.

Nationally 1.7m pensioners (and 2,100 in Bromsgrove) are missing out on cold weather payments worth £25 for each 7 consecutive days of below 0C , £75 so far this winter, if they are on pensions credit. Pensioners are missing out if they have not applied for the pensions credit. My team and I are already helping some constituents in understanding the process and ensuring they are applying for all eligible benefits.