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IMG-20170628-WA0005.jpgMohammad Yasin MP attended an event in the House of Commons today to promote Carers Week and pledged to help build Carer Friendly Communities. Carers are often feel overlooked, and yet they perform a vital role.

Yasin said, "As your MP I want to make sure that Carers receive the support and recognition they deserve. If you are a carer and want to share your story, please email me at Mohammad.yasin.mp@parliament.uk and I would be very happy to hear from you."

Supporting Carers' Week - Together we can build carer friendly communities

Mohammad Yasin MP attended an event in the House of Commons today to promote Carers Week and pledged to help build Carer Friendly Communities. Carers are often feel overlooked, and yet...

w4mplogo250.jpgExciting opportunity! Mohammad Yasin MP is recruiting a Senior Case Worker for the constituency office. If you're interested in applying, click on the link below for more details.

The Senior Caseworker will provide advice and support to constituents on a range of issues, leading on complex and significant case work and supervising other caseworkers. Applicants will have previous case work experience; experience of managing people is also desirable. Experience in housing, immigration and finance (welfare/debt) issues is an advantage.

Applicants will be professional at all times, with a desire to be part of a busy, high performing constituency team dedicated to providing the best service to constituents in Bedford and Kempston.

Closing Date: 29 June 2017

For full details click on http://www.w4mpjobs.org/JobDetails.aspx?jobid=61310

NB: Please note that the Member of Parliament will have minimal involvement in the shortlisting process and applications made not following the above process will not be considered. All shortlisted candidates will receive feedback. References required.

Recruitment Opportunity: Senior Caseworker needed for Bedford & Kempston MP

Exciting opportunity! Mohammad Yasin MP is recruiting a Senior Case Worker for the constituency office. If you're interested in applying, click on the link below for more details. The Senior...

 

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Labour has formally launched its general election campaign.

Speaking in Manchester, Jeremy Corbyn laid bare the impact of Conservative Party policies, with the NHS and social care pushed into a state of emergency, with soaring waiting lists and hospitals in financial crisis. Schools across the country face cuts and class sizes are rising, while those young people who want to go to university face huge debts. House building fell to its lowest peacetime rate since the 1920s. And our safety has been compromised with more than 20,000 police officers cut since 2010.

The Labour Leader contrasted this record with Labour’s proposals:

“In this election, Labour is standing for decent jobs, investment for the future, shared wealth creation, security at work, affordable homes for all, a fully funded NHS and schools, training and skills, an end to rip-off privatisation, fair taxation and a fairer, more equal country.”

 Bedford & Kempston Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate Mohammad Yasin said;

 ‘The election is now formally underway, and I hope to meet as many Bedford & Kempston people as possible over the coming weeks. Bedford & Kempston needs the change that a Labour MP will bring. We need to secure the future of Bedford Hospital, to build more homes and fight for a better funding settlement for our Police force. We need more money for our schools, a decent pension for our older people, and real job security for everyone  - including EU citizens. A Tory MP cannot deliver what Bedford & Kempston needs. We need a Government for the interests of the many, not the few.’

 

 

Mohammad Yasin welcomes Labour's General Election Campaign Launch

    Labour has formally launched its general election campaign. Speaking in Manchester, Jeremy Corbyn laid bare the impact of Conservative Party policies, with the NHS and social care pushed...

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Labour's plans to end hospital parking charges were welcomed today by Bedford & Kempston's Labour candidate, Mohammad Yasin.

Mr Yasin said: "Hospital parking charges hit patients and families hard, particularly those who have to make frequent trips for appointments or visits.

"Bedford Hospital charges up to £12 a day for the use of their car parks. These costs can cause unnecessary worry at what is often a difficult time, so I'm pleased that Labour want to tackle this issue." 

The cost of the policy would be met through raising tax on private health insurance.

Mohammad Yasin speaks out against hospital car park charges

Labour's plans to end hospital parking charges were welcomed today by Bedford & Kempston's Labour candidate, Mohammad Yasin. Mr Yasin said: "Hospital parking charges hit patients and families hard, particularly...

2017_05_Yasin_Bedford_Hospital_(17)_v3.jpgThe future of Bedford Hospital has been uncertain for too long. Labour Parliamentary candidate, Mohammad Yasin will work hard to secure the long-term future of A&E, Maternity & Paediatric Services at our local hospital.

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The future of Bedford Hospital has been uncertain for too long.

The future of Bedford Hospital has been uncertain for too long. Labour Parliamentary candidate, Mohammad Yasin will work hard to secure the long-term future of A&E, Maternity & Paediatric Services...

We_are_Labour_logo.jpgApplications to be a Labour parliamentary candidate in the 2017 General Election are now open.

For more information go to http://www.labour.org.uk/pages/parliamentary-selection-process-2017

 

Application to be a Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate - Now Open

Applications to be a Labour parliamentary candidate in the 2017 General Election are now open. For more information go to http://www.labour.org.uk/pages/parliamentary-selection-process-2017  

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At a meeting of Bedford Borough Council on Wednesday 22nd February, Councillors unanimously passed a cross-party Motion to Full Council calling for the retention of essential A & E, paediatric and obstetric services at Bedford Hospital in the midst of an ongoing review.

Discussions to determine the future of health and social care services are taking place nationwide through the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process. The local STP covers Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and comprises 16 organisations including local authorities, GPs and hospitals and is led by Pauline Philip, the Chief Executive of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

The STP will outline plans to amalgamate services across the Bedford, Milton Keynes and Luton & Dunstable Hospital sites. Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health supported the principle of the integration of health & social care, and reported that officers were working hard on the ‘prevention’ workstream of the STP.

Cllr Jackson said: “Better integration of health and social care can improve patient experience and help us to make the best use of local resources, we need to tackle rising demand for health and care services.”

“I want to see prevention embedded in everything that we do across the Council, and everything that our partners in health do, and the STP has given us an opportunity to do that.”

However, during the debate concerns were expressed by Councillors of all parties about the future of Bedford Hospital and its core services, and the lack of democratic involvement in decision making.

Councillor Jackson continued on this topic:  “As elected members we’re trying to do our job here of scrutinising the STP, and it really is starting to feel like the people who are set to make the biggest decisions about our local hospital hold elected members of this authority in contempt.”

“Last autumn I came away from a meeting with Pauline Philip, the Chief Executive of the L&D and other STP leads feeling really quite positive – Pauline and her team agreed to put out a statement that would finally put the Bedford & Milton Keynes Healthcare Review to bed, confirming there would be no removal of maternity services at Bedford and committing to retaining the core services that we need here in Bedford.”

“At the next meeting we didn’t get what we had been promised. A set of draft statements were put before us that didn’t reflect what I understood had been agreed at the previous meeting, and didn’t reflect what the Mayor understood had been agreed at the previous meeting.”

“We weren’t allowed to take them away with us. We weren’t allowed to publish them. The next two meetings were cancelled, both with only a few hours’ notice.”

“Nationally these STP areas were drawn up with no local consultation – like every other local authority up and down the country we were just told who we were bundled in with – that was the first big mistake that NHS England made.”

“We’re now being directed by a group of people who are on the payroll of just one of the three hospitals serving this area. The decision about who should lead the STP for our area was the second big mistake. It should never have been a provider leading this. There’s potentially a major conflict of interest and there needs to be a mechanism for declaring that.”  

“I want to see a real commitment to retaining our core services at Bedford and a recognition that reducing beds and services at a time when hospitals are already full to capacity will not work. What we have to focus on is changing how people access the services that we have, and focus on prevention and integration so that demand won’t continue to rise. NHS decision makers have got to work with us.”

Cllr Randolph Charles also spoke about the importance of robust and accessible mental health services, and reported that he had heard similar frustrations about transparency of the STP process expressed by colleagues in Essex.

In a joint statement, Elected Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson and Group Leaders (Cllr Stephen Moon – Leader, Bedford Borough Conservative Group; Cllr Sue Oliver - Leader, Bedford Borough Labour Group; Cllr Wendy Rider - Leader, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group; Cllr Pat Olney - Leader, Bedford Borough Independent Group) said:

‘The intention of the STP to better integrate health and social care services is one we can all support given the opportunity for significant, long-term improvements to services.

‘There has been, however, a worrying lack of progress so far and minimal partnership working and engagement with elected representatives and the public, exacerbated by a lack of transparency in the STP process.

‘We are deeply concerned about the absence of a commitment from the NHS organisations leading the STP to retain vital services at Bedford Hospital.  Bedford Borough’s population is growing and we must have a robust, accessible health and social care system which reflects this.

‘We are calling on NHS partners to commit both to greater transparency and engagement and to protect core services at Bedford Hospital including consultant-led A&E, paediatrics and obstetrics.’

Bedford Borough Councillors call for end to STP Secrecy

At a meeting of Bedford Borough Council on Wednesday 22nd February, Councillors unanimously passed a cross-party Motion to Full Council calling for the retention of essential A & E, paediatric...

2017_01_NHS_street_stall.jpgBEDFORD & KEMPSTON LABOUR PARTY CALL UPON PRIME MINISTER TO FUND THE NHS PROPERLY NOW

It was a busy day at our Labour Party "Care for the NHS" street stall in Bedford today. Members spoke with passersby about the worrying situation the NHS is in and invited them to sign the petition.

There is tremendous support and people are actually queuing to sign the petition calling on Theresa May to give the NHS the funding it needs now.

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  • Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed
  • Around 3.9 million people on waiting lists
  • 1.8 million people wait four hours or more in A&E
  • One in four patients have to wait a week or more to see their GP
  • Social care is approaching a 'tipping point' according to the regulator

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Bedford & Kempston NHS Street Stall 21 January

BEDFORD & KEMPSTON LABOUR PARTY CALL UPON PRIME MINISTER TO FUND THE NHS PROPERLY NOW It was a busy day at our Labour Party "Care for the NHS" street stall...

DSC_0640_1_.JPGTHE NHS NEEDS OUR HELP. 

The NHS is in crisis. It should motivate each and every one of us to act in its defence.

Despite finding billions of tax giveaways for big business and the richest, Theresa May's Conservatives failed to find a single penny for the NHS or social care in their Autumn statement.

Here is Bedford, we await news about proposals for core services such as A&E and maternity and paediatrics.

Last weekend, the Red Cross announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply do not have the resources to cope.

On the Today programme last week, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Turst chief executive, Joe Harrison, said it had cancelled operations to free up beds. He stated: "We are running at somewhere around 95%, 96 per cent bed occupancy which is very, very high.

The government must cancel their tax breaks for the wealthiest and fund our NHS instead. Prime Minister Theresa May needs to explain to the British people how she plans to fix her failure on the NHS.

The NHS needs our help. It has cared for each and every one of us and now needs our care.

On Saturday, January 21, Labour Party members will be campaigning in Silver Street, Bedford to protect the NHS and social care and argue for a better economic alternative. Do come along between 11am - 12.30pm and sign our petition.

Ian Nicholls

Chair, Bedford & Kempston Labour Party

 

T&C NHS letter by Ian Nicholls

THE NHS NEEDS OUR HELP.  The NHS is in crisis. It should motivate each and every one of us to act in its defence. Despite finding billions of tax giveaways...

2017_01_Yasin_T_C_article_road_resurfacing_2.jpgQUEEN’S PARK LABOUR COUNCILLORS WARN OF FURTHER WORKS TO HONEY HILL ROAD.

 Following inspection of recent resurfacing to Honey Hill Road, Bedford, some of the road surfacing asphalt material has been identified as being not to specification; there are some visible ‘shiny’ patches on the road surface.

The contractor has been asked to replace the road surface on the section of Honey Hill Road from St Pauls Road to Honey Hill Gardens. This work is being undertaken at the contractor’s expense. This work is planned to take place on Thursday 26th January 2017 with works starting at 8am and to be complete by 6pm.

In order to carry out the work quickly and safely it will be necessary to close Honey Hill Road to traffic from the Old Ford End Road roundabout to its junction with Paddlers Cour. All residents have been notified. 

Queen’s Park Councillor Mohammad Yasin, said: “It’s disappointing to have to disrupt resident’s lives for a second time, but it is right that Bedford Borough Council insist the works are carried out to the required high standard.”

Councillor Mohammed Masud added: “We’ve been asking for this road to be resurfaced for some time, so it’s vital that it is done properly and the new surface will last.”

 

 

Queen's Park Honey Hill Road resurfacing

QUEEN’S PARK LABOUR COUNCILLORS WARN OF FURTHER WORKS TO HONEY HILL ROAD.  Following inspection of recent resurfacing to Honey Hill Road, Bedford, some of the road surfacing asphalt material has been identified as...

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