NE Beds MP Alistair Burt has welcomed movement on the long running discussions over the future of local hospital.

Mr Burt said:- 'I am pleased that there has been an announcement that appears to safeguard essential services at Bedford Hospital including A&E, Maternity and Paediatrics. The uncertainty has lasted too long, and we need more detail on how a merged Bedfordshire wide hospital Trust might work, but in principle bringing the resources of Luton & Dunstable and Bedford together should be good news for the NHS in our area.

I will be waiting for further consultations on behalf of constituents and the response of those who work in the NHS locally, but I wish these discussions well.'

I now have confirmation that the Bedford meeting on 25th September will be held from 6 - 8pm at the Park Inn hotel. Final details will be published on the consultation website very soon. A meeting is also to be held in Wellingborough, and that will also be an early evening event.

I am pleased that the Minister has listened to all of us who have asked for extra meetings covering our areas, and to ensure they were held at a time when the greatest number of rail users could attend.

 

 

We are also working with others locally to ensure sign language provision will be made.

 

I appreciate its not perfect timing for working people, but infinitely better than in the daytime.

 

More information when we have it.

 Alistair Burt MP for NE Bedfordshire, had been corresponding with the Secretary of State for Transport’s office from the initial announcement of the consultation in July, about the detail of the options, but also the lack of a consultation public meeting being held in Bedford.

Alistair said; “I very much felt, as did others, that Bedford and Bedfordshire in particular were being left out in a most significant way from the consultation, and I am pleased to receive a response today giving a date for a Bedford meeting on September 25th. Venue details are yet to be announced.

I know my constituents and those of neighbouring areas will take every opportunity to make their views known, both at this meeting and through the online system. I will continue to ensure your voices are heard.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-east-midlands-rail-franchise

 

 

A railway survey carried out by North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, has concluded and the feedback will be passed on to Govia Thameslink. The survey included questions about current satisfaction levels, what improvements people would like to see and the impact of the proposed 2018 timetable changes.

The results showed that a third of railway users were not aware of the current timetable consultation, which closes on the 27th July 2017, and of those that were aware, only 10% believed the changes would positively impact on their journeys.

MP Alistair Burt said “I am very grateful to those that took the time to complete my railway survey. Govia Thameslink are currently consulting on changes to their timetable, and I will use the feedback provided to contribute to this consultation. I hope constituents will also take the chance to respond directly on their website: www.transformingrail.com.

The survey results highlighted a number of issues which I will also be looking into further, including the ongoing problems of access at Biggleswade Station.”

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This week, Alistair was delighted to learn more about the work that DWP is doing to support disabled people across the country. He was also pleased to sign up to Disability Confident, to show his commitment to this new initiative.

We all know the economic power of disabled people and their families, through their combined spending power and also, more importantly, through the many skills and talents that they have, which are currently underutilised and out of reach for many businesses.

Disability Confident will work with employers to bring about the changes needed to ensure that disabled people and also those with long term health conditions are able to fulfil their potential. The aim is to build a culture in businesses where employees feel safe to disclose any disability or long-term health condition, and feel confident they will be supported as necessary.

Alistair said: “I’m really pleased to be able to play my part to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. Over the coming weeks and months, I will also be speaking to businesses across the constituency to explain the tools, guidance, advice and recognition that the scheme offers, so that they can become Disability Confident too. Working together we can make sure that employers in North East Bedfordshire are able to recruit and retain from the widest possible pool of talent and that disabled people in our community have all of the opportunities that they need to succeed”.

If you have been inspired to get more involved in becoming Disability Confident, you can contact the DWP team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will benefit from a share of £325 million in new capital investment for local NHS projects across the country. The Trust will receive approximately £5 million to help the NHS modernise and transform care for patients locally by creating a primary care hub at Bedford Hospital which is expected to improve access to same day appointments for around 50,000 patients and reduce the number of patients attending the hospital’s A&E department.

This Government is backing the NHS’ own plan for the future, the Five Year Forward View, and funding it with an additional £8 billion a year in real terms by the end of this Parliament. Delivering that vision relies on better integrated care locally, which is being taken forward through Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Alistair Burt commented

‘I am delighted to welcome new investment which will mean constituents will get an even better service in the Bedford area. We have made significant progress in improving patient care since 2010, and this funding will help us to promise the highest-quality, most compassionate patient care delivered by our most dedicated and skilled workforce.

We said in the Budget that we would invest in local areas who have developed the best plans – and today we are making good on that promise with an initial £325 million of capital funding. This will improve patient care and outcomes in communities up and down the country.”

 

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Litter affects us all, it blights our local environment and spoils our enjoyment of the countryside.

Published yesterday, the new Litter Strategy for England sets out plans to help to tackle this anti-social behaviour, making North East Bedfordshire an even more attractive area and helping our local economy to prosper and grow.

Measures in the first national Litter Strategy include: 

  • Targeting the 25 worst litter hotspots across our road network.

  • Consulting on increasing the fixed penalty for littering to £150.

  • Recommending that offenders on community sentences help councils to clear up litter and fly-tipped waste.

  • Enabling councils to update the nation’s ‘binfrastructure’ to create new designs and improve the distribution of public litter bins.

  • Working with industry and the voluntary sector on a new campaign for 2018.

  • Convening a new expert group to look at further ways of reducing litter such as plastic bottles and fast food packaging.

Alistair said: 

“Litter is something that affects us all in North East Bedfordshire and across the rest of the country. I want to make sure that our region is a great place to live and work in so that the local economy can thrive.

The Litter Strategy will make it easier for people to get rid of litter properly, creating an anti-littering culture and introducing tougher enforcement measures to hit thoughtless litter louts in the pocket”.