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/>Hightown surgery is a vital part of our NHS. Patients living in Hightown depend on the surgery and for the many older residents, it would be a real blow if the surgery were to close. Good quality medical care should be available near to where we live. It is not just a matter of convenience to have a surgery locally, it is a necessity.

I would like to thank the very many people who have written to me about the surgery and about their concerns. Thank you also to everyone who has contacted NHS England. I have raised these concerns with NHS England a number of times, as have the borough and parish councillors. The reality is that the government has cut our NHS and social care. They have not addressed the shortage of GPs, which is a problem across the country. It is therefore no surprise that we face challenges in the NHS, like those we see in Hightown.

 

I had been told by NHS England that Hightown surgery would be kept open, so it came as a real surprise for me as it did for residents in Hightown when a notice was posted on the surgery door about the future
of the surgery.

I immediately contacted NHS property services who assured me again that GP care would continue as normal, the matter was of a high priority and that patients were of top priority. The new lease signing
had been delayed due to a dispute of price with the landlord. I therefore requested to be kept updated.

I was then told by NHS England that the surgery did have a scheduled review at the end of August, and that for the review all options were being considered. According to NHS England, this included a
recommission, implementing more services, to disperse the patient list to other surgeries and to merge the practice with another.

The fact that NHS England was considering dispersing the patient list was of great surprise to me given that I had been told the surgery's future was secure. I will therefore continue to oppose any dispersing of patient list or surgery merger; and have requested to be kept informed of any decision made. I have also requested more details concerning the dispute over the lease price.

The delay in securing the new lease at Hightown surgery is simply not acceptable. It is time for NHS England to finalise the arrangements and put the people who depend on the surgery first.

Bill Esterson MP responds to Hightown Surgery threats

/>Hightown surgery is a vital part of our NHS. Patients living in Hightown depend on the surgery and for the many older residents, it would be a real blow if...


Many people in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling have told me they would like us to have our own Walk-In Centre  in Maghull. I live in Maghull with my wife and children and we would certainly like a walk in centre as well. So I was pleased that so many people had signed a petition supporting the idea. At last year's general election, I pointed out that we needed a Labour government to be elected so that we could see investment in our NHS right here in East Sefton, both for a walk in centre and also to support our GP surgeries, which as many of you know are under pressure, whether in Maghull or in Melling. Unfortunately, Labour lost that election and the Conservatives have continued the cuts and austerity which mean there is no money for investment in health services or other public services.

 
In order to help Maghull, and other areas of Sefton, we need a change in Government. It’s as simple as that. Owen Smith is one of the contenders for the Labour leadership. He has pledged an extra 4% a year in funding to the NHS – exactly the type of policy which will make a very real and tangible difference in our community if implemented in Government.

I am working hard in Westminster, as part of the Labour Party, to oppose Government cuts. Labour councillors in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling are doing all they can as welI. There are opportunities for some improvements which our NHS is working on despite a shortage of funds. But it is government cuts that are preventing a walk in centre in Maghull and it will take the election of a Labour government to reverse cuts in health and especially social care services for our elderly and disabled people. The Conservatives will never invest in our NHS and want to privatise it not invest in a new walk in centre. I support those campaigning for a walk in centre but they need to work with Labour for a change of government for Such a facility to have any chance of becoming a reality in Maghull.

Bill Esterson MP says Government change the only way for Maghull Walk in Centre

Many people in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling have told me they would like us to have our own Walk-In Centre  in Maghull. I live in Maghull with my wife and children and...

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Bill Esterson MP opened the new Ursuline kitchen after a long fought battle for the school regarding the regeneration. The MP opened the kitchen to the applause of the school’s staff and student body before visiting classrooms where pupils were being taught the benefits of healthy eating. 

"I was delighted to be asked back to Ursuline to open their kitchen. The head teacher, Mark McQueen, has fought hard to make his school the best possible; his efforts have really inspired the teamwork of a lot of different people from a lot of different organisations. I'd personally like to thank Sefton Council who I contacted over this, who have been supportive despite severe government cuts."

Head teacher Mark McQueen “It was great to have Bill come along to open the kitchen. A while ago we asked Bill for his help, and he did. It kickstarted a huge team effort. Our governors, Sefton Council, our architects and builders team as well as Sefton Catering Services and our kitchen staff were all vital in making this kitchen a reality. 

 

There is a saying – Together we are Stronger – and our new kitchen is proof of this. On behalf of the children and their parents I would like to thank everyone, because of the team efforts made we can look forward to an exciting future of delicious, healthy wholesome food.”

Bill Esterson MP opens school kitchen

Bill Esterson MP opened the new Ursuline kitchen after a long fought battle for the school regarding the regeneration. The MP opened the kitchen to the applause of the school’s...

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