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Speaking the truth to power is always a risky business.  No more so than when considering how millions of pounds of public money should be shovelled into developments and contracts. Local government overview & scrutiny has been with us since the Local Government Act 2000 and the advent of the cabinet system and executive mayors. In the case of executive mayors –  a single politician making the decisions to spend millions of pounds of public money albeit with the advice of officers and an appointed cabinet – it is easy to see how local councillors could feel disempowered if they […]
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Under instruction from the Government, new health proposals across England have been drawn up called Sustainability and Transformation Plans. The plan for our area called “Our Healthier South East London” has now been published with the far greater detail requested by Lewisham Labour. We are worried about the severe funding cuts to the NHS which means the area faces a shortfall of nearly £1billion by 2020/21 if nothing changes. This week the British Red Cross said the NHS faced a humanitarian crisis because the Tory government has systemically underfunded the NHS and cut over £4.6 Billion from social care in the last […]
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I welcome the final publication of plans to remodel the NHS in south east London but they must pass a series of tests before councillors will support or agree to their implementation. The report has confirmed our deep concerns about some serious flaws in the plans. There is nearly a £1bn shortfall over the next four years, there is a £12m shortfall for ambulance services, there is a further £80m shortfall due to poorer-than-expected financial performance and the changes to orthopaedic services could spell the end of Lewisham A & E. Because of all of these threats, I want to […]
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Lewisham Council supports World AIDS Day on the 1st December 2015. It is an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives because of HIV and learn the facts of HIV today in the UK and worldwide. Councillors unanimously supported a motion proposed by Councillor Alan Hall supporting World AIDS Day but expressed concern at the the Government’s plans in the Immigration Bill.  He said: “These proposals will subject the most vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants living with and affected by HIV to further destitution and will undermine their ability to manage their health. This […]
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Today – Friday, 23rd October 2015 – a coalition of medical Royal Colleges, local government bodies and health charities have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne to reverse the £200 million ‘in year’ cuts to local authority public health budgets in his Comprehensive Spending Review due to be published in November. The letter states that the proposed £200 million ‘in year’ 2015/16 cuts to local Councils’ public health budgets equating to £1.5 million for Lewisham Council is a “false economy” as it could cost the NHS in excess of £1 billion in the longer term. By slashing […]
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced a £200 million in year cut to the public health budgets in England and the Department of health is holding a snap consultation over the summer how to axe the budgets. Councillor Alan Hall, who sits on the governing body of London’s Kings College Hospital and also chairs Lewisham Council’s public scrutiny function, said: “This is a cruel conjuring trick that will directly damage public health services. The Chancellor has slashed them to the bone and now he’s cutting through the bone itself. “Because he’s transferring the services from the NHS to local […]
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