Maghull Labour Councillor plans meeting for East Sefton resident

Labour Councillors Maurice Byrne and Nina Killen at the last 38 Degrees meeting

 

Maghull Labour Councillor and NHS campaigner Cllr Maurice Byrne has called on campaign group 38 Degrees to call a meeting to give East Sefton residents the chance to quiz the head of the new NHS body in charge of commissioning health services in Maghull, Lydiate, Melling and Aintree.

Cllr Byrne, who is also a member of the 38 Degrees campaign group, attended a meeting in Formby this week with the head of the new Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which serves the north end of the borough.

The meeting gave people the opportunity to find out more about the new CCGs, which replaced the Primary Care Trust on April 1.

Cllr Byrne wants to organise a similar event for people in East Sefton.

Earlier this year, the Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor joined fellow 38 Degrees members to present a 1,600-name petition calling on the two new Sefton CCGs to vow to protect the NHS from privatisation.

The petition was handed to South Sefton CCG chairman Dr Clive Shaw, who Cllr Byrne and 38 Degrees are inviting to a meeting for people here.

Cllr Byrne said: "The NHS is obviously going through lots of changes. 38 Degrees is campaigning to make sure that any changes that are proposed are done so in full consultation with the public.

"We therefore hope to get Dr Shaw to attend a meeting to engage with community groups and campaigners from Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling. 

"38 Degrees is a group opposed to the changes to the NHS being introduced by the Tory-Lib Dem Government.

"We are opposed to the damaging changes which the Tories and Lib Dems are making to our NHS."

Cllr Byrne said the Government's changes to the NHS are one of the biggest concerns people in East Sefton have.

Cllr Byrne said: "The Tories and Lib Dems are ploughing ahead with a policy which is seeing the wholesale privatisation of the NHS. We are seeing the effects of that right here in East Sefton.

"Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has already pledged to reverse the Health and Social Care Bill changes when the party gets back to power.

"We all now need to make sure that the current NHS reforms do not damage our NHS beyond repair.

"Once Dr Shaw has agreed to meet us, we will publicise the date and time of the meeting once it is finalised. In the meantime, people can find out more about our campaign by going to Facebook and searching for '38 Degrees in Sefton'."
 

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