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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with senior figures from United Utilities in Parliament, to discuss the company’s investment programme.

The event was an opportunity for the MP to meet with the company that plays a key role in flood management across the constituency.

Management of the sewage network is a vital part of the flooding and drainage picture here in West Lancashire, and needs investment if it is to fulfil its role in the prevention of future flooding issues.

Rosie Cooper MP commented:

“After having met locally with United Utilities earlier this year, I was encouraged by the work already being done. I wanted to meet with them in Parliament to gain a better understanding of where West Lancashire fits in their wider investment programme.

“I of course welcome the planned £6billion investment into the North West by 2020, but I’ll be pushing to make sure the money is spent in the right areas. West Lancashire was devastated by floods and continues to be affected 18 months later, as homes and businesses rebuild from the ground up.

“We know from reports we are at capacity in Burscough when it comes to the sewage network and with the increasing numbers of houses being built in the area, significant investment will be needed as a priority if we are to cope.

“What I have always called for is a proactive approach to providing effective flood resistance and water management.”

 

MP Rosie Cooper meets with United Utilities bosses over investment

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with senior figures from United Utilities in Parliament, to discuss the company’s investment programme. The event was an opportunity for the MP to meet...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for Lancashire Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds in West Lancashire.

MP Rosie has raised the issue locally after hearing from a number of constituents about the problems caused by off-road bikes, quads and mopeds which have been particularly involved in antisocial behaviour in Skelmersdale.

Local residents have been annoyed by riders on bikes that have sometimes even been stolen, with bike theft rising in recent years. Riders are often masked and riding without proper registration.

The police are able to seize bikes under antisocial behaviour legislation but MP Rosie called on the government to clarify that they were legally allowed to pursue bikes and mopeds as long as it is safe to do so.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“The police have experienced brutal cuts over the last seven years and the loss of officers from the streets has had a direct impact on the rise in crime and antisocial behaviour. Too many local residents’ lives are being blighted by the disturbance some bike users have caused and Lancashire Constabulary need the resources to be able to take action.

“They can only do the job properly with help from local residents, so if you have information on anyone who is behind this anti-social behaviour, please report to 101.

“As a local MP I see so much good work from our police, but it’s more and more difficult for them to get on with the job of protecting our streets when 20,000 officers have been cut in the last seven years, and budgets remain squeezed. Officers also need the power to pursue bikes legally where it is safe, but ministers have been dragging their feet on clarifying the law. 

“It’s about time the Government gave them the resources and powers they need to keep our community safe. I have written to Lancashire Police Chief Constable and the Policing Minister seeking further action on tackling issues around off-road and nuisance bikes and mopeds.”

Rosie Cooper MP seeks further action from police to tackle off-road and nuisance bikes and mopeds

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for Lancashire Police to be given the powers and resources to tackle criminals using off-road bikes and mopeds in West Lancashire. MP Rosie...

Having been contacted by dissatisfied constituents about their treatment by Virgin Care,

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised a question of the Health Secretary during Parliamentary Questions on issues surrounding Virgin Care and its current service and delivery within West Lancashire.

One resident whose leg wound opened after getting stitches removed, was told to go and buy her own dressings from the chemist.

MP Rosie asked Jeremy Hunt MP:

“What advice would the Secretary of State give to my constituents who receive their urgent care from Virgin Care, and are told that wounds should be dressed only once and that, in the event that they need to re-attend, they should purchase further dressings from the local chemist? Free at the point of delivery?”

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt responded:

“I suggest that the hon. Lady gets in touch with the details. What I would say is that when care is not satisfactory, whether it is delivered by the public sector or the independent sector, we have an independent inspection regime to root out the problems.”

Rosie Cooper MP commented on the issue:

“When this £65 million contract was awarded last year to Virgin Care, it was done so behind closed doors and kept health care professionals and residents in the dark. The response I gave then to my constituents was, if these services fail you, let me know. That is exactly what they have done.

“Other constituents have complained that services are being moved, others mentioned having been told that the blood test HbA1c is now only being done once a year for each patient.

“Patients have been concerned about diabetic and other services being moved and their access to those services. What is the consultation process?

“The Ormskirk Urgent Care Centre hours were reduced from 8am to 10pm before Christmas saying there were staffing difficulties with everyone expecting them to revert to the original hours when staffing was sorted. Instead of that, since the contract was awarded to Virgin, its opening hours have reduced further to 8pm.

“The Urgent Care centre was opened to allow access to a GP when surgeries were closed and to ease the burden on A&E.  These opening hours do not meet that need and it now transpires that Virgin do not always have a GP on site!

“West Lancashire CCG and Virgin Care promised us that patients would receive quality treatment and care but the reality has been starkly different. This isn’t what the CCG promised, it is cut price medicine which doesn’t fit the bill. It is yet another clear example of their actions not matching their words.

“This treatment is exactly what I, local GPs and health service patients were worried about. Virgin Care have sent a very strong message to my constituents – we offer a basic cheap service and after that you’re on your own.

“There needs to be comprehensive scrutiny of decisions taken by West Lancashire CCG and they publicly need to be held to account about the management of Virgin Care and the clinical outcomes.”

Rosie Cooper MP questions Health Secretary on Virgin Care service and delivery

Having been contacted by dissatisfied constituents about their treatment by Virgin Care, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper raised a question of the Health Secretary during Parliamentary Questions on issues surrounding...

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