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I am happy to announce that I have made a nomination to the Exported By Britain campaign, which seeks to highlight the great work that is being done all around the world thanks to Britain’s manufacturing and creative sectors.

I have nominated Veracare, a company that has been manufacturing innovative and lifesaving products right in the heart of my constituency for over 50 years.

Their innovative infection prevention products are exported to 48 countries and have become a gold standard for patient waste management across the globe.

Not only are they a major employer, when I visited recently I was really impressed to learn that they have a large number of employees who have been with the company for more than 10, 20, 30 and almost 40 years. This is the kind of job security that I know local residents really want from employers, and it just goes to show the level of talent that is being developed right here on our doorstep.

To find out more about Exported By Britain, including nominations from other parts of the country, you can visit the website: http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/apmg/exportedbybritain

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Vernacare - Exported By Britain

  I am happy to announce that I have made a nomination to the Exported By Britain campaign, which seeks to highlight the great work that is being done all...

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Next Friday (27th February) I will be meeting with Dr Wirin Bhatiani from Bolton CCG to discuss my campaign to re-open Bolton's NHS walk-in centre.

My petition has now passed 1,200 signitures and continues to grow. I'll be presenting this to Dr Bhatiani so please keep signing and sharing so that I can take as many voices of support as possible into that meeting.

Lots of people have chosen to share their opinions and their experiences with me since I started this petition. Below you can see a few of the comments left of my website that really help to highlight how important this facility is to the people of Bolton.

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“I was at A and E with my daughter on Jan 5th – the busiest day A and E had. Staff were clearly overworked and were struggling to cope, but never once were we made to feel a burden, and my daughter received the best possible care. It shouldn’t have been like that though. There were far too many people walking into A and E that afternoon because they couldn’t get a GP appointment, for ailments such as headaches and sore throats. I fully back the campaign to reopen Lever Chamber”

“I miss the walk in centre with my son being disabled he could just pop in after having one of his many accidents. As it is he has just dislocated his knee in the town centre and would’ve found comfort their with professionals while waiting for the Ambulance.”

“When I worked for Bolton NHS Primary Care Trust the Walk in Centre at Lever Chambers HC functioned efficiently and evidence proved it reduced the number of A&E visits.”

“With the increasing strain on the NHS, its imperative that the people of Bolton and surrounding areas have an option to visit a walk in centre rather than tie up the Royal Bolton Hospital with minor incidents.”

“a & e should not be dealing with minor ailments. This could be alleviated by the re opening of the walk in centre”

“Bury still has a walk in centre, why doesn’t a town as large as Bolton have one?”

“This is definitely a service needed in Bolton. I have used this myself on a number of occasions and taken my children there. If someone is ill or injured, not life threatening, and they need to see someone urgently for medication or help, once their gp has closed there is nowhere to go. Walk in centre was a great service and was always busy, so must have been needed. Where does everyone go now that it is closed? People go to a+e as there is nothing else available.”

“There have been many occasions since the walk in clinic closed where I have had to wait over a week to get an appointment at my GP. Previously I would have been in and out of the walk in clinic in less than an hour.”

Update: Re-open Bolton's NHS Walk-in Centre

  Next Friday (27th February) I will be meeting with Dr Wirin Bhatiani from Bolton CCG to discuss my campaign to re-open Bolton's NHS walk-in centre.My petition has now passed...

You may have seen a story in the Bolton News last week about Mr Alan Smedley, who fell and was left waiting by the side of the road for four hours before an ambulance arrived.

Obviously this must have been very distressing for Mr Smedley and it is a situation that none of us would like to be in. What really worries me is that this is not the first story that I have heard like this.

In the last few months I have seen stories in the Bolton News and other people have come directly to me to share their experiences. All very similar, all with injuries of varying severity that the majority of us would consider emergency situations, left waiting in the street for over four hours because they have been classed as a non-emergency case.

The growing frequency of these cases makes me suspect that cuts to the Ambulance Service have left us without enough coverage, and either response times for the services classed as non-emergency have increased as a result, or the criteria for emergency cases has been made more stringent.

Before Christmas, I tabled several questions in Parliament for the Secretary of State for Health, asking what the criteria are for emergency cases and for information about the number of emergency cases being responded to. As you can see the response was not very useful, but I will continue to pursue this.

Have you had any issues with the ambulance service recently? Please get in touch.

 

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