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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has met with members of the newly-formed Parbold Flood Action Group to discuss their work combating flooding in the village which has devastated numerous homes and businesses.

MP Rosie met the local residents on Burnside, a street where multiple properties were flooded during the 2015 Boxing Day floods that inundated communities across West Lancashire.

The group updated Rosie on their work producing a report into flooding problems across Parbold, the causes and possible solutions.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“Increasingly we are seeing residents and communities having no one to turn to when faced with their homes and businesses being flooded, with neither the government, its agencies or local authorities taking responsibility for helping people in their time of need.

“Whilst I believe that more must be done by the authorities to help the victims of flooding, it is great to see communities coming together to form Flood Action Groups and giving themselves a strong local voice when dealing with these issues.

“I will continue to work with and support Flood Action Groups across West Lancashire whilst also pushing for more action from government and the agencies to tackle these complex problems. It is not acceptable for residents to bear the full burden of protecting their properties and possessions from flooding, leading them to ask what are they paying their taxes for.”  

Rosie Cooper MP meets Parbold Flood Action Group

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has met with members of the newly-formed Parbold Flood Action Group to discuss their work combating flooding in the village which has devastated numerous homes...

IMG_6225.JPGWest Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have failed to confirm future sites for services, such as West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre leaving the services homeless.

In April 2017 a new private provider will take over the running of some urgent care services in West Lancashire.  At the moment who that will be is unknown.  It is also unknown if the services will stay in their current locations.

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, raised the issue of the future location of services with West Lancashire CCG who were unable to confirm what will happen, whether the services will stay or go.

At present West Lancashire Health Centre is run from the Ormskirk Hospital site whilst Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre is based at the Concourse Shopping Centre.  Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust run both services but are set to lose the contract.  This certainly raises questions about the future of West Lancashire Health Centre after April as it is currently run from Southport and Ormskirk hospital.

Speaking about the uncertainty of the situation, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“It is only a matter of months until the new provider for urgent care services is supposed to be taking over these vital local health services.

“At the moment we don’t know who this will be or if they plan to continue using the current facilities or if they will be allowed to.  If they do have to find new facilities, how long will this take and will they be as accessible for patients as the current sites?

“We are facing the prospect of homeless health services unless West Lancashire CCG start offering some assurances, answering questions and end the secrecy masked as commercial confidentiality.”

Health services face being left homeless

West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have failed to confirm future sites for services, such as West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale Walk-In Centre leaving the services homeless. In April...

PCUK_231_-_Copy.JPGRosie Cooper MP, met patients and families at a packed event in Parliament as Pancreatic Cancer UK launched the first ever Patient Charter aimed at making better care a reality for all.    

Rosie heard that despite more than 9,400 new cases of pancreatic cancer now diagnosed throughout the UK every year and figures set to soar to over 12,000 by 2030, patients and families routinely experience poor care and support.

Many tell the charity they feel let down as they don’t get the information and help they need. Late diagnosis is common as pancreatic cancer symptoms can be very difficult to spot and a clear support pathway is often missing. Unusually, 45 % of patients are diagnosed via Accident & Emergency, more than twice the number for other forms of cancer. Many say they have had little time to take in what is happening and don’t know what to expect following their discharge from hospital. A shocking 53% say they or their family member were not offered support when told of their diagnosis.

Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Charter is an essential guide clearly detailing the care and support that every patient should expect. A handy booklet, it is aimed at giving patients and families the confidence to ask the right questions and get what they need at a difficult and confusing time.

The charity’s aim is that every patient will eventually be given a copy automatically on diagnosis. It can be ordered or downloaded: http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/information-and-support/our-publications/

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was joined by patients and family members and specialist nurses she showed her support for the Patient Charter and campaign.  

MP Rosie said: “I was delighted to attend this important launch by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to meet patients and their families and to understand more about the challenges faced by many of those diagnosed with this dreadful disease which currently has the lowest survival rate of all 21 most common cancers. The Charter is an excellent tool for patients in West Lancashire and throughout the UK and has the potential to make a very real difference to someone’s treatment and care.”

Pancreatic cancer survivor Lynne Walker said: “The shock, fear and lack of information after my diagnosis was overwhelming. If someone had put this guide in my hand when I was feeling so vulnerable it would have felt like gold dust. This guide may look modest but it gives patients and loved ones a confidence that is essential at an incredibly stressful and awful time. Patients have every right to be able to ask questions and every right to expect reasonable care. I want to see every patient and family given a copy.”

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said:We were delighted that Rosie Cooper MP joined us to launch our Patient Charter, the first step of our Gold Standards campaign, aimed at driving better care for all. We thank her for showing her support. We believe that with great commitment on so many fronts, we will begin to see change and a better future for all pancreatic cancer patients.”

For more information about pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Rosie Cooper MP backs better care for pancreatic cancer patients

Rosie Cooper MP, met patients and families at a packed event in Parliament as Pancreatic Cancer UK launched the first ever Patient Charter aimed at making better care a reality...

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