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Pressures on healthcare and problems with recruiting GPs were the hot topics during a visit to Kempston by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

He joined Bedford and Kempston Labour candidate Patrick Hall during a visit to meet doctors and staff on Friday at King Street Surgery in Kempston where they talked about how best to meet health challenges.

Mr Burnham said: “It was really useful to come here to Kempston and hear first-hand from GPs about the challenges facing primary care. I was pleased to be able to tell them that the Party that created the NHS in the 20th century is going to reset it for the 21st as a national health and care service. We need an NHS that sees not just the immediate problem but treats the whole person.”

Labour has pledged to recruit 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, create 5,000 new homecare positions and 3,000 more midwives to help the NHS to cope with the demands of an aging population.

Mr Burnham added: “I have long warned that, if social care in England is allowed to collapse, it will drag down the rest of the NHS. That is what is unfolding before us in the NHS right now and is a root cause of the crisis in A&E. For the want of spending a few pounds in people’s homes on decent home care, we are spending thousands of pounds keeping older people in hospital even when they are able to leave. This is not sustainable in human or financial terms. The increasing hospitalisation of older people is no vision for the ageing society.”

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Based on article in Bedfordshire Times & Citizen. Original can be read here.

Concerns about NHS pressures shared with Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham

Pressures on healthcare and problems with recruiting GPs were the hot topics during a visit to Kempston by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham. He joined Bedford and Kempston Labour candidate...

We've been working hard to make sure projects to improve Queen's Park have been implemented over the past few years.

Work to introduce 20mph speed limits and a new pedestrian crossing on Ford End Road is about to start.

Road and pavement resurfacing continues: resurfacing work has now completed in Marlborough Road, Lawrence Street, Raleigh Street, Cromwell Road, and Preston Road. Footway work has now begun in Beverly Crescent and is scheduled to be gin in Honey Hill Road in March.

There has been a reduction in flytipping in Queen's Park too -- from 25 per cent of all flytipping incidents in the Borough to just 5 per cent, and we've had two successful litter picks and eight new bins installed in the Slipe near the river.

We're now working with borough council officers to resolve the issue with parking in Hurst Grove and are hopeful that a consultation will start very soon.

We hope people are feeling the benefit of these projects.

We hold weekly help and advice surgeries every Monday between noon and 2pm at the Queens Park Community Centre. Every Sunday we're out and about meeting residents; so, if there are any other problems or issues in the area you'd like us to tackle, please let us know.

Cllr Mohammad Yasin

Cllr Mohammed Masud

Queen's Park

Working for the community

We've been working hard to make sure projects to improve Queen's Park have been implemented over the past few years. Work to introduce 20mph speed limits and a new pedestrian...

It's disappointing to hear that the newly-appointed Judicial Business Group (JBG) has persisted with the flawed decision of its predecessor body, the Justices Issues Group, to list cases in Luton, leaving Bedford Magistrates' Court standing empty for much of the time.

Along with all Bedford Labour councillors, in October last year, I wrote the JBG expressing my concerns that the move to Luton Court was detrimental to the delivery of local justice.

The figures from Her Majesty's Court and Tribunals Service showed that in the new arrangements 10 per cent of cases were ineffective and a further 4 per cent were 'cracked' due to non-attendance of witnesses -- so these concerns were justified.

As with the initial consultation in February last year, the views of the public in Bedfordshire have been ignored. I've not even had the courtesy of a reply to my letter. I read the decision in the paper.

Cllr James Saunders

Kingsbrook

Flawed decision to list cases in Luton, leaving Bedford Magistrates' Court mostly empty

It's disappointing to hear that the newly-appointed Judicial Business Group (JBG) has persisted with the flawed decision of its predecessor body, the Justices Issues Group, to list cases in Luton,...

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