Maghull Labour councillors meet health bosses to say 'You can't

Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer, June Burns, Patrick McKinley and Rob Owens will be meeting Liverpool Community Health chiefs next week to urge them to save Maghull's community dental services.

 

Maghull Labour councillors will be sending a clear message to health bosses when they meet next Tuesday - "You can't pull our vital community dental services".

Dental services at Maghull Health Centre are set for the chop as part of a cost cutting review by Liverpool Community Health.

Maghull Labour councillors are campaigning against the axing of the service which they say hundreds of vulnerable people from throughout East Sefton rely on.

Sudell Ward Labour councillor Lynn Gatherer said: "The axing of the community dental service in Maghull is nothing more than a cost cutting exercise. I fully understand that Liverpool Community Health is under great financial pressure from the Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts, but this is a service that older people and disabled people rely on.

"There is no justification for axing it.

"It will cause great disruption for the hundreds of people who currently rely on the service and for many it would be extremely upsetting for them to have to leave this service and go to either Kirkby, Bootle or Southport for the nearest specialist community dental service.

"That is not acceptable and that is exactly what I and my Labour colleagues will be telling the LCH chiefs when we meet next week."

Fellow Sudell Ward Labour councillor and leader of Maghull Town Council, Patrick McKinley, said the communities of East Sefton warrant having their own community dental service.

Cllr McKinley said: "East Sefton already has a population of in excess of 40,000 people. That is only set to increase in the coming years. There are hundreds of people here who rely on the specialist treatment they can get at Maghull Health Centre. it is totally unacceptable for that service to be cruelly axed.

"I will be asking the health bosses we meet on Tuesday what assessment they have made on the impact of the closure of this service on this community and its people.

"It is obvious to me that no consideration has been made of the potential increase in Maghull's population. It seems to be an example of dysfunctional planning. Planning to close a valuable service when the demand for such a local service could soar.

"Issues such as this highlights the importance of developing a  Neighbourhood Plan for Maghull to ensure that we protect and develop vital services for our community."

Park Ward Labour councillor and Maghull Town Councillor, June Burns, said people throughout Maghull and Lydiate had raised concerns about the closure plans.

Cllr Burns said: "This closure would impact people throughout Maghull and Lydiate. Vulnerable people who rely on this service and the excellent care they get.

"It is unacceptable for this service to be axed for the sake of a government that is intent on cutting services people rely on.

"People across this area agree and it is an issue that has been raised many times with the Maghull and Lydiate Labour Action Teams."

Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Rob Owens, said Maghull's community dental service is under threat because of the Tory-Lib Dem Government.

Cllr Owens said: "That these services may be lost when there is an important and demonstrable local need shows the perverse set of priorities that the Lib Dem-endorsed Government exercise.

"Here in Sefton, we continue to lose services in spite of Labour's best efforts; while a small group of very rich individuals in our society has become much better off.

"Lib Dem MP John Pugh has voted for and defended the government's savage cut of Sefton's budget. I hope people register their dissatisfaction with the government as that is where the blame for these cuts to our local services lies."

 

Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer, June Burns, Patrick McKinley and Rob Owens will be meeting Liverpool Community Health chiefs next week to urge them to save Maghull's community dental services.