Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have condemned a 'disastrous' decision to appoint the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) as the new boss of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), which is struggling with an ongoing funding crisis.
Labour's Cllr Jane Murray, Waveney District Council Shadow spokesperson for Community, Health and Safety, said: 'Mr Lejk spoke at the Beccles Health meeting on Wednesday 7 March. Several Waveney District councillors and members of the Waveney Labour Party attended. He spoke as Executive Lead of the Norfolk and Waveney STP and informed us about the future plans of the NHS within Norfolk and Waveney. The next day Mr Lejk resigned from this role to take up a highly paid post as CEO of the NSFT! Can we say our health services are in safe hands?'
A spokesperson for the Campaign told the Eastern Daily Press (EDP): 'This is a disastrous appointment for service users and carers, the head of the commissioners who have starved NSFT of funding has now taken over the organisation. It’s a travesty and the council of governors whose job it is to represent service users, carers, staff, and the public ignored the views of the appointment panels and approved this appointment instead of listening to feedback.'
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Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have condemned a 'disastrous' decision to appoint the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability...
The Waveney Labour Group has called for archives currently held at the Lowestoft Record Office to be relocated to a renovated Town Hall.
A motion proposed at a meeting of Waveney District Council in response to plans to move archives currently available at Lowestoft Library to Ipswich won cross-party support.
The motion, presented by Labour councillors Peter Byatt and Keith Patience, urged the Council to 'urgently engage with Lowestoft Town Council and other stakeholders involved with the Heritage Action Zone, to prioritise the renovation and redesign of Lowestoft Town Hall, with a view to including a purpose built facility if needed, to relocate the Lowestoft Record Office.'
Waveney Labour argued the decision to move the archives should be delayed until a restored Town Hall can house a new record office.
Funding for the Heritage Action Zone, covering the north end of the High Street and including Lowestoft Town Hall, was secured by Waveney District and Lowestoft Town councils.
Waveney Labour urges all of the Heritage Zone's stakeholders, including the councils, Lowestoft Vision, East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and Heritage England, to engage with the proposal: everyone must work together for the good of the town and its heritage.
Waveney Labour Group has also asked for regular updates from Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council's Cabinet member for Tourism and Economic Development, and lead councillor for the Action Zone.
The Waveney Labour Group has called for archives currently held at the Lowestoft Record Office to be relocated to a renovated Town Hall. A motion proposed at a meeting of...
Waveney Labour Group has called for the little known organisation responsible for delivering Norfolk and Waveney's health and social care to be opened up to greater public scrutiny.
The Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) brings together health trusts, councils and voluntary organisations to develop a plan for delivering the region's health and social care services.
The Partnership is working out a plan for coping with pressures forced by the failure of Government spending to meet rising demand for health and social care. It is expected more than £300 million will need to be saved in Norfolk and Waveney over the next five years to make up for the short fall.
The STP aims to free up hospital beds by treating more people at home, using technology to manage health conditions remotely where possible, and promoting alternatives to conventional care, such as walking groups and befriending services provided by local organisations.
Surveys by the Eastern Daily Press have revealed little public awareness of the Partnership. 66.5% said they had never heard of the STP and 89% did not know how to make their voices heard.
Even Norfolk and Waveney STP executive head Antek Lejk has acknowledged a lack of openness, telling Norfolk's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee last October that 'I have to confess the whole process about setting up the STP was in secret a bit, we were told not to be too involved in public debate.
Cllr Jane Murray, Waveney District Council member for Oulton, said: 'We are deeply concerned about the Norfolk and Waveney STP's lack of transparency. The Partnership must engage in more democratic consultation with patients, the public and health sector staff.'
'Just last month a governor at James Paget University Hospital resigned because of concern that patients and the public are not being given sufficient opportunity to discuss the Norfolk and Waveney STP.
'NHS England has - belatedly - produced guidance highlighting that wide public consultation is essential for the effectiveness and credibility of the programmes developed by STPs.'
Cllr Murray also expressed concern that the STP is establishing an Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) - a public-private sector partnership in which private health companies work with public authorities - to handle much of the region's health and social care budget.
Cllr Murray said: 'I fear a Norfolk and Waveney ACO is being developed in secrecy, totally contrary to the principle that the NHS be transparent and accountable in its decision making.
'I have called for public meetings to be held in Waveney as soon as possible to discuss the STP. I've been informed that the next meetings due to be held will not be open to the public, just to voluntary sector and patient representatives.
'If you are concerned about the future of our local and national health services join me in writing to the Secretary of Health, Jeremy Hunt and our MP Peter Aldous. Join the local Norfolk and Waveney campaigns, attend the engagement meetings and call for proper public consulation.'
For further information about STPs and local events calling for greater transparency please see the NHS Norfolk Action Group and Norfolk & Suffolk Mental Health Crisis.
Waveney Labour Group has called for the little known organisation responsible for delivering Norfolk and Waveney's health and social care to be opened up to greater public scrutiny. The Norfolk...
Waveney Labour has condemned as undemocratic the Government's decision to press ahead with the replacement of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils with a new authority.
Local Government Secretary Sajid David has confirmed that a new East Suffolk District Council will be established next April, with the first elections to be held the following month.
Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney District Council Labour Group said: 'We are deeply concerned that the Secretary of State has insisted on confirming the new authority without giving the people of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal residents the opportunity to approve the proposal through the ballot box. We have repeatedly called for a local advisory referendum to give residents an opportunity to make their voice heard.
'We will continue to raise our concerns about this undemocratic initiative with Sajid Javid and Waveney MP Peter Aldous, and work hard to ensure that Waveney is fairly represented when the ward boundaries for the new council are drawn up.'
The reform will reduce the number of councillors representing th Waveney and Suffolk Coastal regions from 90 to 55.
Waveney Labour has condemned as undemocratic the Government's decision to press ahead with the replacement of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal district councils with a new authority. Local Government Secretary Sajid...
At last night’s Waveney District Council meeting the Waveney Labour Group voted against the first of three Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations that WDC Councillors should get an average increase overall of 28.6% in WDC Allowances. 23 Conservative Councillors (with one Abstention) voted for the basic WDC allowance to increase to £4,787.57 pa. for all Councillors plus an increase in the amount and the number of Special Responsibility Allowances SRAs). Conservative Councillors voted for the creation of up to eight new Deputy Cabinet posts (£2,393.78 pa SRA) and payment to Vice Chairs of Committees (£957.51 - £2393.78 pa SRA). The Leader of WDC Cllr Mark Bee will get an increase of £5,056.40 pa SRA on top of an increase in the basic allowance – taking his new Leader’s allowance to £14,362.00 (plus the new basic allowance of £4,787.57 pa. making a total of £19149.57 pa). Cllr Bee is also a `double hatter` which means he also has an allowance from SCC – this also applies to six other WDC Conservative Cllrs (five of whom are on the WDC Cabinet ( Basic Allowance plus £4950 SRA pa ). In answer to a question from Labour Councillor Keith Patience the total cost of the new payments per annum to Waveney District Council was given as between £51,000 to £81,000 per annum. There are currently 28 Conservative Cllrs and the majority of them will be receiving a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) as a result of the vote which went through last night. The Waveney Labour Group asked for a recorded vote so all residents of WDC will be able to see how their Councillor voted once the minutes of the meeting are on line. The Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations can be viewed now at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk. Labour Councillors were particularly concerned that the increases are to be backdated to the 1st April, 2017. Waveney residents can give their judgement on these massive increases at the ballot box in 2019.
The Waveney Labour Group’s view put forward strongly by Cllr Sonia Barker Leader of the Waveney Labour Group last night is that this is absolutely the wrong time for such an enormous increase which is morally indefensible and will look to residents as just plain greedy when the inevitable increase in Waveney District Council Tax lands on their doormat in a few weeks time. The Waveney Labour Group also emphasised that many Waveney residents are struggling with an increase in inflation and the failure of their wages to keep up with living costs as Waveney has one of the lowest average gross wages pa at £20,300 compared to £28,400 nationally’.
At last night’s Waveney District Council meeting the Waveney Labour Group voted against the first of three Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations that WDC Councillors should get an average increase overall...
Subject: Invitation to Norfolk and Waveney STP event on 7 March 2018
Sarah and I met you last December at the event we held about the Norfolk and Waveney STP in Great Yarmouth. We wanted to let you know that we’re holding an event in Beccles on 7 March, 2.00pm – 4.30pm.
It will be similar to the events held before Christmas – it will include a short introduction to the STP (from Antek Lejk and Patricia Hewitt), followed by sessions on primary care and acute services. You are very welcome to attend, although you may not feel it would be a good use of your time given that you attended the Great Yarmouth event before Christmas.
You can find out more about the event and sign-up to come along here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-health-and-care-services-in-norfolk-and-waveney-tickets-42313072539?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
please feel free to share this email with anyone who would be interested in coming along.
Communications and Engagement Manager
Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group
1 Common Lane North
Suffolk NR34 9BN
Tel: 01502 719500
Subject: Invitation to Norfolk and Waveney STP event on 7 March 2018 Dear Jane Sarah and I met you last December at the event we held about the Norfolk and...
Response from Connor Rand Regional Organiser,
East of England Labour Party: -
The process of seats selecting a Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate is the property of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party (a body representing all parts of the Party with spaces directly elected by members, affiliate places and so on). Once they give the go ahead seats can start the selection process, and at this point we will be in touch with those seats concerned. So far they have decided that our most marginal seats, with Tory majorities of less than a few thousand or so, can select their candidates and some of those have started this process with the rest to be completed by the spring. After this, it will be up to NEC to decide which further seats can select and when.
Thus, people are welcome to ‘chase up region’ but there is no prospect of it changing anything.
Response from Connor Rand Regional Organiser, East of England Labour Party: - The process of seats selecting a Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate is the property of the National Executive Committee...
Following two distraction burglaries in the county last week, Officers are asking residents to be mindful of security and how to deal with unexpected callers at your doorstep.
In both recent distraction burglaries, the offenders knocked at the doors of elderly people saying they were from their water company and to turn their water off. The offenders then entered the homes and items inside were stolen.
There are some simple security measures everyone can take to help stop you from becoming a victim of crime and we would ask that you speak with your elderly/vulnerable relatives and neighbours to also make them aware -
Always use a chain and a viewer on your door to see who is calling. Only open the door if you feel comfortable and always keep the chain on.
Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not let them in until you are completely comfortable with who they are and have verified who they work for.
If someone calls claiming to be from a utility company such as water, gas, electric or council do not let them in. Close the door and ring your utility company using the telephone number from a recent bill or from the phone book/internet and not a telephone number that might be on their caller’s ID badge. Only once you are completely happy that the caller is genuine should they be allowed inside your home. If you have any suspicions at all, phone the police immediately.
Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders in advance by letter or telephone if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls.
If you have a back/side gate to your property, ensure it is locked with a padlock. A slide bolt is not sufficient on its own.
Ensure that your doors are kept locked when you are inside the house.
If you need carers or family to have access then consider fitting a key safe on the outside wall near to the front door.
Please report anything suspicious as soon as possible to police on 101, if a crime is in progress please dial 999.
You can find further crime prevention advice on the ‘advice’ pages of the Suffolk Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.uk or you can speak with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Contact details can be found here - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area
Help us keep our communities safe.
Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice
To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us
To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.
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