Thursday, 16 February 2017
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Oswestry Defends Our NHS group
Community activists have come together to form a new group in Oswestry to fight cuts to NHS services. Oswestry Defend our NHS is affiliated to the highly successful Shropshire campaign and is co-chaired by Neil Graham from St Martins and Barry Edwards from Oswestry. Meetings are held on the first of each month in the Bailey Head at .
The group has published a leaflet and will be campaigning on a range of issue including:
- Campaign to keep A+E centres at both Shrewsbury and Telford.
- Oppose privatisation of health care services.
- End the disastrous “Future Fit” which has seen over £3M spent on consultants rather than patient care.
- Ensure we maintain a full maternity service at the Orthopaedic hospital in Gobowen.
- Ensure that the financial viability of the Orthopaedic hospital is not undermined by changes to tariff payments for hip and other operations.
- Ensure that the GP provision in Oswestry is sufficient to meet the needs of a growing population.
- Ask candidates for the Shropshire Unitary Council elections in May to pledge their support to the NHS.
Commenting on the recent announcement that the proposals for A+E services are to be considered by yet another independent review the Co-Chairs of Oswestry Defend Our NHS said "The people of Oswestry will be appalled to here that even further public money is to be wasted on reviews and consultations. Future Fit has already wasted over £3M that could, and should, have been spent on patient care. It's time to call an end to it and to end the divisive proposals that have pitted the residents of Shropshire against Telford. We don't need to choose which A+E survives we need to keep them both."
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Hello and Happy New Year!
Over the past year I have been campaigning on some of the local issues that face our town and people. For those who don’t know me I grew up in Oswestry and went to University in Birmingham and, after several years working as a musician, I returned to my home town and now run the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre on Chapel St.
I am passionate about Oswestry and its future and how we can help prevent the demise of our thriving market town.
To view my Winter 2016/17 newsletter, click HERE