North Norfolk Labour Party has vowed to keep the pressure on Norman Lamb after the new health minister revealed he supports increased privatisation of the NHS. Mr Lamb said to The King’s Fund in London on Tuesday that he would support increased privatisation of the NHS, commenting: “I’m not a great fan of monopolies, in either the public or the private sector. If there’s never any challenge to the structure provided there’s a danger people can become complacent. There is innovation from new insurgents. We need to embrace that.” Earlier this year Labour and NHS campaigners urged Norman Lamb to vote against the coalition government’s health bill fearing it would lead to more private companies taking over the NHS. Just weeks after he supported the bill the contract for running the Anglia Support Partnership – which provide backroom services to the NHS in Norfolk – was handed to private health company Serco. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “The appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health raised eyebrows for his support for privatisation of the NHS. Now it is clear Norman Lamb is not going to stand in the way of the Conservatives’ aims. Mr Lamb has now made it clear he supports increased privatisation of the NHS once again proving there is little difference between the Lib Dems and Tories on this national treasure. We will keep the pressure on Mr Lamb over this just like with the ambulance cuts, which he supported in government,…
Campaigners fighting against the demolition of Stalham Staithe cottages Utopia and Arcady have been given fresh hope after it obtained information displaying doubts from officers about the planning applications. Emails obtained by North Norfolk Labour Party between the Planning Officer at the Broads Authority and the planning adviser, claim that the new designs are a “completely fresh sketch plan prepared by another architect” and throw the decision into doubt. The demolition of the cottages taken by the Broads Authority planning committee in April had been held up by the failure to agree detailed changes in the new build replacement designs. The designs were not refused but only partially agreed by the committee as they wanted material changes to be made. Now campaigners are arguing the original decisions to demolish the cottages and rebuild on the land should be overturned if the new designs are not accepted. Sheila Cullingham, former county councillor and a campaigner against the demolitions, said: “The original decision to demolish the cottages could be overturned if the new designs are not accepted. From the information obtained it is clear there is doubt about these designs, and so they should form the part of a new planning application and should be dealt with as such. It would mean fresh consultation and debate by the committee. I do not believe that the Broads Authority planning committee are a rubber stamping walk over, but now is there chance to prove it.”
The Labour Party is concerned about the growing impact of cuts on bus services in rural Norfolk as more routes are axed in north Norfolk.
North Norfolk Labour Party is calling for an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service Trust after their petition against ambulance cuts hit 2,500 signatures this weekend. The local Labour Party, which created the Act On Ambulances petition, believes the strength in numbers over the last few weeks demonstrates public outrage over proposals for Norfolk’s ambulance service. There will be a reduction in fleet across the county, but it is particularly concerning for north Norfolk people who the Chief Executive of EEAST Hayden Newton admitted last year were receiving “a second class service”. Now North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners are calling for an urgent meeting with Mr Newton to discuss the public feeling – which is also echoed by the staff campaigners have spoken to. Jono Read, North Norfolk Labour Party’s press officer, said: “In every town we visit with the petition we are hearing the same stories about ambulance response times in north Norfolk and nobody is convinced that the Chief Executive’s plans will improve the situation – not even the staff – because of the government cuts. On Saturday, in Holt, we heard from one lady who had waited 6 hours for an ambulance for a 104-year-old patient, and she was in disbelief with the proposals to cut the ambulance fleet in Norfolk. We are now calling on the Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service Trust to attend an urgent meeting with us so that we can discuss these proposals and pass…
The campaign against cuts to the ambulance service in Norfolk hit 1,500 signatures on Saturday – on the same day it was revealed Fakenham will face cuts too. The Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service Trust, Hayden Newton, has confirmed that the hours of the ambulance service in Cromer will be reduced and North Walsham will lose its ambulance altogether. Instead there will a focus on Rapid Response Vehicles, driven by Emergency Care Assistants who cannot administer life-saving drugs or take patients to hospital. Now it has been revealed that Fakenham will see their Rapid Response Vehicle reduced by 5 hours a day. On Saturday morning a further 500 people signed the petition against these cuts bringing the total to 1,500 signatures. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party which created the ‘Act on Ambulances’ campaign, said: “The Chief Executive of the Ambulance Service Trust has now confirmed our fears about ambulance cuts in North Norfolk. North Walsham will lose its only ambulance, in Cromer an ambulance is to go part-time and Fakenham also faces cuts. This is on top of concerns already about response times in North Norfolk where we have an ageing population in rural communities that need a better ambulance service, not fewer ambulances. There is no indication that this reduction in services will provide the improvements that we are being promised in Norfolk. We are calling on the government to rethink these cuts which we fear could cost lives.”
Labour is arguing that the council is breaking its commitment to providing a “centre of excellence for renewable energy”.
Over 1,000 people have now signed a petition calling on the government to rethink cuts to north Norfolk’s ambulance service. The ‘Act On Ambulances’ campaign was set up by the North Norfolk Labour Party after it was revealed that the ambulance service in north Norfolk will face cuts to the service, despite it being told earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission that it needs to improve response times. The local Labour party is concerned about the removal of a full-time ambulance in North Walsham as well as removing the full-time status of one of two ambulances in Cromer. It is calling on the government to rethink their programme of cuts to the NHS before these changes come into effect in October. Last week the campaign received celebrity support from former local resident and Norwich City Football Club director Stephen Fry. The petition can be signed at www.actonambulances.co.uk and can be found in a majority of North Walsham businesses. North Norfolk Labour Party will be in North Walsham on Saturday from 9am. Jono Read, press officer for North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “The Care Quality Commission has told the ambulance service the response times have to improve, but the reality is that they cannot improve when government cuts will mean fewer vehicles stationed here. We believe that the strength of feeling from patients and ambulance staff so far speaks volume. They are clearly calling for ministers and health officials to rethink these plans”.
The campaign calling on the government to rethink cuts to north Norfolk’s ambulance service has received a boost today after Stephen Fry lent his support to the petition. Mr Fry, who grew up in Norfolk and is now a director at Norwich City Football Club, tweeted about the ‘Act on Ambulances’ petition to nearly 5 million followers. The campaign was set up by the North Norfolk Labour Party after it was revealed that the ambulance service in north Norfolk will face cuts, despite being told earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission that it needs to improve response times. The local Labour party is concerned about the removal of a full-time ambulance in North Walsham as well as removing the full-time status of one of two ambulances in Cromer. It is calling on the government to rethink their programme of cuts to the NHS before these changes come into effect in October. The petition can be signed at www.actonambulances.co.uk and campaigners will be on the streets of Cromer from Saturday morning at 10.45am. Jono Read, press officer for North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “We’re delighted Stephen Fry has lent his support to this very important campaign. The Care Quality Commission has told the ambulance service the response times have to improve, but the reality is that we do not think they can improve without more resource and when government cuts will mean fewer stationed here. We believe comments on the petition so far from patients and ambulance staff speaks volume, and they…
The Cromer Crab Factory closed its doors for the last time this month – after all but the security staff vacated the premises. North Norfolk Labour Party, which helped campaign for Young’s to keep the iconic brand in Cromer, has expressed sadness at the loss of the 230 jobs and the departure of an important company from the town. Celebrities including Stephen Fry, comedian Russell Kane, and Matthew Pinscent CBE joined local residents from north Norfolk in urging Young’s to sign the Keep It Cromer petition. Young’s confirmed their decision to close the factory in May. The last remaining staff left on Friday 3 August. Councillor Scott Eastwood, Labour’s representative for Cromer, said the closure was “a real detriment to Cromer and north Norfolk”. “The closure of the factory does not just mean a loss of an iconic business and 230 jobs but there will be a wider impact on businesses and the wider area,” he said. “Young’s had been willing to offer back the iconic brand to the community and I hope that the district council has thought seriously about this proposal so that the name stays in Cromer”. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, added: “Every closure of a business in north Norfolk should remind our MP and the government that they need to do more to encourage business and growth here and across the country”.
A petition calling for government ministers and health chiefs to address under-performing ambulance response times in north Norfolk will hit the streets of Cromer next Saturday. The North Norfolk Labour Party has already set up an online version of the petition calling for more resources for the ambulance service in north Norfolk, and will start campaigning on the streets in Cromer on Saturday 11 August from 10.45am. The petition was created following reports that the East of England Ambulance Service will have to cut the ambulance fleet in north Norfolk as part of £50m worth of savings, despite the trust being told that response times will have to improve. Town councils in Holt, Cromer, and North Walsham have all expressed concern and requested meetings with officials to gather the facts. Local people can sign the online version of the petition at www.actonambulances.co.uk. Denise Burke, Chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “For some considerable time there has been pressure on ambulance chiefs to address the issue of response times in north Norfolk and so we were dismayed to learn that there could be cuts to existing provisions in the district. There are fears that could exasperate the situation. We hope the ‘Act on Ambulances’ campaign will keep the issue surrounding our ambulance service on the agenda with the government, who are making the decisions on budget cuts, and are still in a state of denial about the response times here”.