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Rosie.jpgWest Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed £66,000 funding to improve road safety on the Cottage Lane and Halsall Lane areas of Ormskirk by Lancashire County Council.

Funding from the Highways and Transport Capital Programme is being used to install traffic-calming measures and address road safety concerns, issues Rosie has been raising on behalf of local residents.

Speaking about the investment, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said “Lancashire County Council have recognised that there are problems with speeding vehicles on these roads.

"Drivers tend to use them as a rat-run when travelling into and out of Ormskirk causing serious road safety concerns for local residents.

“This substantial involvement shows a real commitment by Lancashire County Council as the highways authority to tackle these safety concerns."

Road safety improvement for Ormskirk rat-run welcomed

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed £66,000 funding to improve road safety on the Cottage Lane and Halsall Lane areas of Ormskirk by Lancashire County Council. Funding from the...

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging rural community hubs, such as pubs, village halls and community venues to apply to Vodafone’s indoor mobile coverage scheme.

The new scheme is aimed at providing a service to those communities currently in a mobile not-sport with up to 100 venues able to benefit from Vodafone’s scheme.  Through the Community Indoor Sure Signal (CISS) programme rural community venues can access reliable indoor 3G voice and data coverage.

MP Rosie said:

“Mobile technology places an ever greater part in our day to day lives whether catching up on the news, accessing bank services, keeping in touch with family and friends or calling a taxi to get home.

“As coverage can still be limited in rural communities, this new scheme is one way from community venues to improve access to the mobile network for local residents.  I would encourage all those rural community venues in West Lancashire who believe their users, customers and local residents would benefit from this service to apply.”

To access the service a venue will need to have an unlimited broadband package with download speeds of 4Mbps and upload speeds of 2Mbps and a domestic plug-in power point.  The CISS unit simply plugs into a standard fixed broadband router to provide mobile coverage throughout a building, hall or shop.

More information can be found at http://blog.vodafone.co.uk/2016/07/07/ciss100-reliable-indoor-signal-pub/

Rosie Cooper MP encourages applications for free indoor mobile coverage in rural community hub

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging rural community hubs, such as pubs, village halls and community venues to apply to Vodafone’s indoor mobile coverage scheme. The new scheme is...

Rosie.jpgIn the interests of patient care and quality of health services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) should publish their inspection report into Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust before commissioners hand out multi-million pound NHS contracts, says West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are currently bidding for community services and some urgent care service contracts in West Lancashire along with community service contracts with Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group. 

In May 2016 Bridgewater Community Healthcare was inspected by the CQC on the quality of their services and the organisation.  Usually it takes five to six months for the final inspection report and the all-important official rating to be published.

MP Rosie Cooper believes residents and commissioners cannot wait that long as a decision on the future of local health services looms.  Bridgewater Community Healthcare’s lack of any official quality rating has led MP Rosie to write to the CQC’s chief executive asking for their report to be expedited ahead of any contracts being awarded.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

“It seems ridiculous that we have these inspection regimes to assess the quality of health care providers yet organisations without any such official rating can still be allowed to bid for multi-million pound contracts anyway.  It makes a mockery of the inspection and contract tendering processes. It is grossly unfair to organisations which have been inspected and their ratings published.

“We have a situation in which potentially an organisation, such as Bridgewater Community Healthcare, could be awarded several contracts yet the content of the report on the quality of their services isn't known and may or may not show whether they are meeting the higher standards of care, which should be required.

“A definite case of putting the cart before the horse.  For this reason I have asked for the CQC inspection report to be published ahead of any decisions by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on these high value contracts delivering essential health services to people in the community and in their homes.

“If we are putting the interests of patients first then the CCGs should have all the facts and information available to them ahead of such major decisions that will affect local health services users.”

Health inspector’s report on Bridgewater Community Healthcare should be published before multi-million pound contracts are awarded, says Rosie Cooper MP

In the interests of patient care and quality of health services, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) should publish their inspection report into Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust before commissioners...

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