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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has taken the fight against privatisation of local health services to the floor of Parliament, taking part in the debate on Privatisation of NHS Services brought forward by Hartlepool’s Mike Hill.

MP Rosie raised issues over openness and transparency in contracting by West Lancashire CCG and dilution of services by private healthcare providers after they secure NHS contracts – which are directly funded by the taxpayers.

The lack of transparency and accountability when it comes to such private companies and the continuous cycle of contracting, sub-contracting, outsourcing and handing over to subsidiary companies leaves a tangled web of privacy and secrecy which the public can’t get through.

Private healthcare providers have also been accused of putting shareholder profits first rather than patient safety. Since the CCG began the tendering process which resulted in Virgin Care being awarded the contract for Ormskirk’s walk-in centre, the opening hours have been reduced. 

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This galloping privatisation cannot and must not continue. This is our National Health Service which we pay for and we must continue to fight for it to be kept in public hands, accountable and responsible to the public and not to private shareholders.

“During the debate in Parliament, I called on the Minister to explain why there are not more stringent procedures in place to ensure the taxpayers know where their money goes and also to stop CCGs fobbing off members of the public and MPs with phrases such as ‘commercial confidentiality’ when being scrutinised or held to account.

“With information, including that relating to patient safety, remaining behind closed doors without the possibility of scrutiny, how are the CQC, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Members of Parliament meant to hold CCGs and private providers to account?

“This constant sub-contracting between private companies severely limits our abilities to hold private providers to account, so where does this increasingly complex and inward-looking operation end? This, at the same time that Totally Plc’s Chief Executive Wendy Lawrence comments ‘also ensuring we create value for our shareholders by securing important strategic contracts such as this one’ in her Press Release on their recent winning of the West Lancashire GP out of hours service contract.

“To outline the process in full, NHS England devolves commissioning to NHS West Lancashire CCG, which contracts to Virgin Care, which sub-contracts to Totally, which then hands its contract over to its subsidiary, Vocare. You really could not make it up, could you?”

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Full transcript available here:
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2018-04-23a.231.0&p=11667#g259.0

Full speech by Rosie Cooper MP:

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I thank my hon. Friend Mike Hill for securing the debate. It gives Members such as me the opportunity to talk about how the privatisation of NHS services affects us all and, in particular, our own constituents.

I will make three points about privatised healthcare, from commissioning right through to practice. First, it lacks transparency; secondly, it is removed from adequate accountability; and, thirdly, it prioritises shareholder gains over patient care. It only takes a glance at the situation over the past two years in my constituency, where privatisation is not creeping but galloping in, to witness numerous examples of those three points.

After NHS West Lancashire clinical commissioning group announced in February 2016 that it was liaising with two private companies, Optum Health Solutions and Virgin Care, to deliver urgent care services—among them walk-in centres, out-of-hours and acute visiting services and community health services, including district nursing—it quickly became clear that the process would leave residents, healthcare professionals and, indeed, me in the dark, unable to see the details of the selection process and the contract and now unable to see performance figures against that contract. At the time, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was delivering those services, yet the CCG excluded it from bidding, amazingly without any real explanation from any of the bodies involved.

When I attempted to question the CCG, NHS England and NHS Improvement about the situation, the phrase “commercially sensitive” was frequently deployed to avoid answering. The people of West Lancashire and the people of this country fund those services, so I ask the Minister to explain why there are not more stringent procedures in place to ensure that the taxpayers know where their money goes and why.

I also ask the Minister to consider an investigation into the phrase “commercial confidentiality” and its very frequent use by CCGs. It should be stated clearly that the lack of transparency and accountability among private healthcare providers is a trend that continues nationally, and not just within commissioning. As many of us are aware, the British Medical Association has long warned the Government that there continues to be no obligation for private providers to report even on patient safety incidents and performance data. Although the Care Quality Commission requires non-NHS providers to abide by a duty of candour, there is no obligation to make publicly available any information about the nature or severity of any such incidents, and the CQC does not publish the information either. Additionally, private providers are not required to regularly update the CQC on less serious safety incidents and, according to the think-tank, the Centre for Health and the Public Interest, only 63% of hospitals do so.

Will the Minister address how the CQC, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Members of Parliament are meant to hold CCGs and private providers to account if information, including that relating to patient safety, remains behind closed doors, without the possibility of scrutiny, let alone action being taken about it? I understand that regulators may request some of the information, but that is simply not good enough. The regulators are not always on top of their game, as evidenced in Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, where, as the Minister knows, every regulator missed the poor services delivered to patients, as evidenced by both Capsticks and Kirkup—and that is an NHS trust, not a secretive private provider. Openness, transparency and accountability should be an integral part of a democratised healthcare service, right through from commissioning to practice. The extent of the secrecy surrounding the process in West Lancashire led to me raise it with the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office. Does the Minister think it should have got to that stage at all? What does he recommend we do in the future?

Without scrutiny, we risk events happening such as the recent one in which a company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out-of-hours services was forced to hand back its contract to the NHS just seven months into a three-year contract. In 2016, CCG board papers rated the proposed transfer of services as “red”. The deal went ahead anyway. Where is the accountability, and where was NHS England? Were other regulators on the missing list yet again? A similar event was recently about to happen in Liverpool, where the CCG wanted to award the contract to run the majority of community services to Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. That would have been a disaster, as anyone looking at the current state of that trust would have been able to see. Yet all the detail was hidden from the public. Incidents involving GP out-of-hours services like that send shivers down my spine.

Fewer than two weeks ago, it was announced that Totally plc, a private provider of out-of-hospital services, had been awarded a four-year contract with Virgin Care for 18 GP out-of-hours services in West Lancashire. It then transpired that Vocare, a subsidiary of Totally, was going to run the services on its behalf. In case Members got lost in that little trip, I will outline the process in full: NHS England devolves commissioning to NHS West Lancashire CCG, which contracts to Virgin Care, which sub-contracts to Totally, which hands its contract over to its subsidiary, Vocare. You really could not make it up, could you? I have to ask the Minister: does that constant sub-contracting between private companies not further dampen our abilities to hold private providers to account? Where does the increasingly complex and inward-looking operation end? Perhaps I already know the answer, because Totally’s chief executive, Wendy Lawrence, commented in a press release on the recent contract award:

“also ensuring we create value for our shareholders by securing important strategic contracts such as this one”.

Does that explain why, in 2017, constituents of mine who received urgent care from Virgin were informed that wounds could be dressed only once and my constituents would then need to go to the local chemist and purchase further dressings? Will the Minister explain how that is healthcare free at the point of delivery?

In 2017, the operating hours of the Ormskirk urgent care centre were 8 am to 8 pm. It used to be open from 8 am to 10 pm. The initial contract was to allow the centre to be open to enable my constituents to go to the urgent care centre when GPs surgeries were closed and to ease the burden on A&E. The opening hours do not meet that need, and it transpired later last year that Virgin does not always have a GP on site. When there was a computer problem at the walk-in centre, my constituents were simply told to go home or go to A&E.

Since the Health and Social Care Act 2012, CCGs and private contractors have promised us that patients would receive quality treatment and care, but the reality has often been starkly different. With privatisation rising year on year, Ministers must ask why Members of Parliament, regulatory bodies and, worst of all, health service patients have been unable to hold private contractors and those who commission services to detailed account. They have dampened or refused transparency. There is a lack of accountability, and the service people receive can prove inadequate. Taxpayers are not being offered the high-quality patient care they expect and deserve. Many Members on the Government Benches blindly follow statements made to them and think that the situation is okay everywhere. It certainly is not. We have proved that regulators are not regulating. If we cannot get the information from private providers, Government Members cannot assert that everything is great, because we do not know.

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Following the announcement at last night’s awards ceremony that Lathom High School had finished as joint winner of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper sent her congratulations.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I have sent my congratulations to the students and the team at Lathom high School on this fantastic achievement, winning the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, a national award.

“I was invited to Lathom recently where the children did a practice run of their final presentation and it was absolutely clear from their confidence, public speaking ability, attention to detail in their business plan and ability to perform under pressure when questioned that they were well placed to succeed in the national final.

“This is a huge milestone for the school and a strong representation of the array of talents and ability of Lathom High students and children from across Skelmersdale.

“I extend my congratulations to the parents, teachers, fellow pupils and governors who have supported the team in this project, and also to Wigan Athletic FC who Lathom were representing.”

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West Lancashire Rosie Cooper MP called for early intervention for eating disorders while supporting the publication of the UK eating disorder charity Beat’s new research ‘Delaying for years, denied for months’ on the impact of delayed treatment for eating disorders sufferers and their families.

The research was launched in Parliament, and it focused on where the delays in finding treatment lie.

Beat’s analysis of 1,478 survey respondents found that on average, it takes sufferers over 18 months to realise they have an eating disorder and over a year following this before they seek help. In Lancashire, the average is 67 weeks for a sufferer to first begin realising that they had an eating disorder to the referral to treatment being made.

It was further reported in Lancashire that there was an 11 week wait from referral to assessment, and a further 13 week wait between assessment and first treatment. 

The research also found an average wait of six months between sufferers first visiting a GP and receiving treatment.

Successfully treating anorexia becomes harder after three years so this wait means that many people are seeking help when their illness is still highly treatable, but not receiving it until later, when the likely outcome is more negative.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am delighted to support Beat in calling for early intervention for eating disorders. It is vital that we raise awareness of eating disorders and ensure that adequate treatment is available for everyone who needs it.

“I am pleased to support Beat’s work highlighting the importance of spotting the first signs of eating disorders to ensure people access the help they need very early on.”

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Beat Chief Executive, Andrew Radford said:
“I am delighted that Rosie Cooper MP has backed our new research. We hope this has highlighted to MPs and Government the importance of early intervention and the key part that plays in improving a person’s chances of recovery.

“Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and when people are treated within three years of falling ill, they are much more likely to have a quick and sustained recovery. The news that on average there is a delay of three-and-a-half years after symptoms emerging is very concerning.”

Beat also found that eating disorders have a significant impact on the whole family, who on average spend over £32,000 on travel to clinics, special food, lost time at work and other expenses. 44% of mothers and 31% of fathers described themselves as ‘extremely badly’ affected by the wait for their son or daughter to access treatment.

Radford continued:
“When we look at the impact this has on those affected by eating disorders, it is devastating. We’ve spoken to carers who have had to give up work, a sister who at 12 years-old considered herself a ‘carer’ to her sister and her struggling parents and a mother who said the illness was destroying their family.”

The charity is calling on the Government to take action to do more to encourage people to seek help as soon as possible. Beat is also calling for more funds to be made available nationwide so that everyone can get the treatment they need once they have been referred to mental health services.

Research

Research methodology: We carried out an online survey in early 2017, which was accessed by 3,158 individuals. We have analysed the data from the 1,478 respondents who were from England and referred to treatment between 2007 and 2017. We carried out a second online survey in September 2017 to carers of those with an eating disorder which was accessed by 1,645 people. We also carried out in-depth interviews with 20 individuals. Full details of the research methodology is available on request. 

Visit www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk  for information about eating disorders, message boards and online support groups.

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About Beat

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders because of a merger of two local charities. Called the Eating Disorders Association, we have grown and developed over time to become Beat.

We are a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

About eating disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex and there is no one single cause or reason why someone develops an eating disorder. A whole range of different factors combine, such as genetic, psychological, environmental, social and biological influences.

We estimate 1.25 million people in the UK of all ages, genders, and backgrounds have an eating disorder. Eating disorders can be fatal, and anorexia has a higher mortality rate than any other mental illness.

Although serious, eating disorders are treatable conditions and full recovery is possible. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full recovery.

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On Wednesday 18 April 2018 at approximately 5pm, there was a road traffic accident on County Road near the junction with Yew Tree Road which cuts across the A59, in which a motorcyclist suffered multiple serious injuries and sadly later died at Aintree Hospital.

A number of police vehicles remained at the scene until past 9pm with the road closed during that time.

This accident follows others in recent times including the fatal collision at the Green Lane/Hayfield Road junction, and numerous crashes at the Fiveways junction further down.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“This is yet another tragic accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and his family at this time.

“On such a short strip of road along the A59 there have been a high number of accidents and collisions and this cannot continue. Lives are being lost and serious injuries being sustained.

“I repeat my plea to Lancashire County Council as the Highways Authority to prioritise the A59 County Road for road safety and traffic calming measures, as they have previously indicated to me that they would be relooking at the junction with Hayfield Road and Green Lane. 

“I have written to the Lancashire County Council Chief Executive and the Highways Director seeking urgent assurances that there will be a rapid response to this latest accident and for the whole stretch of road and its junctions to be reviewed at the same time.

“We need swift action to ensure we don’t have more accidents and fatalities on this road and that the junctions are safe.”

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In January, following some internal damage to the ceiling of Aughton Police Point at Town Green railway station, the police point was closed.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper was concerned at this closure after such a lengthy battle to get the police point reopened a few years ago and sought immediate action to get the work done and restore the police point for the residents of Aughton.

It has since transpired through MP Rosie’s investigations that the damage occurred in January, and on Lancashire Constabulary becoming aware of it, closed the police point.

However, it seems that blurred communication lines meant that this was not ultimately reported to Merseyrail until March – after Rosie had reported it to both agencies!

Merseyrail then carried out prompt remedial works and have now supplied Lancashire Constabulary with a direct reporting line for any future issues.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What a mess! Part of the ceiling falls through at Aughton Police Point and it takes two months to report this to Merseyrail.

“Meanwhile, Aughton residents are left without their local police point.

“I’m pleased that there is now a direct communications link between the Police and Merseyrail so this shouldn’t happen again, and more importantly the work has been completed and that the police point is now open again.

“Residents will be delighted to hear that Merseyrail have also indicated that they are formalising a lease agreement with Lancashire Constabulary to secure the future of the police point for the foreseeable future, should the police wish to continue with a presence at Town Green.”

Rosie Cooper MP and Aughton Parish Council previously brokered a deal in 2012 securing the Police Point at Town Green station which was extended in 2015.

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for the Government to provide legal aid for early advice in family and housing law.

Since 2012, legal aid has not been available for most areas of early legal advice.

A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, adding more pressure on public services, potentially increasing the burden on the courts, and increasing the cost to the public purse.

The lack of legal aid for early advice is a barrier to individuals accessing justice, which has a wider impact on the rule of law and the ability of individuals to access their rights.

Speaking after a Parliamentary event on the campaign, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am regularly contacted by constituents with issues which could have been resolved sooner if only they had access to free early legal advice.

“We know the Government is currently reviewing the legal aid reforms made in 2012, and as part of that review I urge them to consider providing legal aid for early advice.”

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Law Society President, Joe Egan, said:
“A lack of free early legal advice can cause problems to escalate unnecessarily, potentially increasing the burden on the courts and increasing costs to the taxpayer.

“The current system is a false economy, meaning more cases are ending up in court that could have been resolved earlier, and more pressure is applied on our already stretched public services. We are calling on the Government to provide legal aid for early advice as part of their review of legal aid reforms.”

The Law Society launched its campaign calling for legal aid for early advice from a lawyer to be reinstated for housing and family cases in November 2017.

The campaign follows the publication of research by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by the Law Society, which shows a clear statistical link between receiving legal advice early and resolving a problem sooner.

The Government is currently reviewing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, and the Law Society is calling on the Government to restore legal aid early advice as part of that review.

You can find out more information about the Law Society’s campaign, including copies of a Parliamentary Briefing and the research conducted by Ipsos MORI on their website http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/early-advice/

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day (Wednesday 11 April). 

Rosie Cooper MP’s office has signed up to take part in the Parkinson’s in the Workplace training from Parkinson’s UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinson’s face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charity’s activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinson’s have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinson’s affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in West Lancashire. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinson’s to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, Rosie’s office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinson’s. 

West Lancashire Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is shocking that people with Parkinson’s face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public. 

“My office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in West Lancashire and better understand the issues faced by those who come to me for advice and support.”

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Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, said:
“We are thrilled that Rosie Cooper MP and her team have signed up to our Parkinson’s in the Workplace training.

“Lack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson's.

“That’s why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson's. We look forward to seeing the difference MP Rosie’s support can make for her constituents in West Lancashire.”

Rosie Cooper MP is also backing a petition from Parkinson’s UK calling for more organisations to sign up for the training. Sign the petition here

About Parkinson’s UK
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's.
It affects 145,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 350 of the population.
Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

 

 

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has challenged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over reports of persistent law breaking with illegal car parking on the highway and causing obstruction and nuisance in Old Skelmersdale.

MP Rosie took the issue up with then Chief Executive Oliver Morley late last year and spoke with him in early March. Mr Morley has since left DVLA, but Rosie is continuing to act on the case with interim Chief Executive Julie Lennard.

Local residents reported to Rosie before Christmas what they believed to be a business operating out of a private residence carrying out vehicle repairs but also a number of illegally parked cars some with no MOT, no tax, no insurance and some with Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN).

Having been repeatedly reported to DVLA with no action taken, residents turned to Rosie Cooper MP for support.

Following Rosie’s intervention, DVLA carried out clamping and enforcement action against three vehicles on 8 and 12 March, but sadly this has not resolved the situation as the vehicles in question remain unmoved.

Alongside DVLA’s lack of action, the Police and the Council appear to be helpless in taking action against this activity which is causing noise, nuisance to neighbours and occasionally blocking residents in.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am furious! Residents are coming to me to report some very valid concerns over potential illegal activity and nuisance yet between the DVLA, Police and Council no agency is willing or able to take all the necessary action to resolve the difficulties.

“Residents are reporting being blocked in at times, having restricted access to parking, and having to deal with unsightly vehicle abandonments.

“These agencies have the enforcement powers to take action, charge the vehicles’ owners and remove vehicles where appropriate, but simply aren’t exercising their powers.

“Local residents are paying their taxes as well as council tax which funds these agencies but are being ignored and fobbed off.

“This situation is getting ridiculous and I will be pursuing this matter with the Secretary of State to push for further action to be taken. Letting such activity continue unchallenged sets a bad precedent for others to follow suit across West Lancashire.”

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with NHS providers and patients at a briefing held in Parliament to learn about radiotherapy and the benefits it can bring to cancer patients.

Radiotherapy is a cost-effective and cutting-edge treatment that forms a core part of the health care regime for many cancer patients. Last year, more than 130,000 people with cancer in England had radiotherapy as part of their treatment.

More than a third of NHS providers were represented at the event which was hosted in partnership with AdvaMed, the United States Advanced Medical Technology Association.

It included speeches from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Steve Brine MP and eminent radiotherapy clinicians: Professor Neil Burnet, Professor in Radiation Oncology, Cambridge University Hospitals; Professor Ricky Sharma, Chair of Radiation Oncology, UCL; Professor Andrew Nisbet, Head of Medical Physics, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Dr Alison Tree, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS bodies across the UK have invested money to modernise radiotherapy equipment:

  • 23 NHS trusts in England have received new or upgraded radiotherapy machines; a further 50 new machines will be installed as part of NHS England’s £130 million investment.
  • The UK Government has invested £250 million to build two proton beam therapy centres in England. A third proton beam therapy centre is due to open in Wales.
  • The Scottish Government regularly invests in the latest radiotherapy equipment and recently committed a further £50m for new radiotherapy machines, software and additional staff training over the next five years.

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Pictured:Adrian Flynn, Professional Head of Radiotherapy, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust; Kieran Woods, Head of Radiotherapy, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust; Rosie Cooper MP and Helen Clements, Radiotherapy Service Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Although radiotherapy technology has rapidly advanced and investment has been made in replacing outdated machines throughout the UK, there is still variation in patient access across the country. Awareness of radiotherapy as a highly effective cancer treatment is also low compared to another common option, chemotherapy. Patients should be provided with comprehensive information on the benefits of radiotherapy and its potential role in their treatment program, as well as given access to the latest technology.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Radiotherapy is an integral part of cancer care for many cancer patients. Recent investment in new machines for the NHS is welcome, however further investment is essential to address the demand for this life-changing treatment.”  

Josh Levine, Chair of AdvaMed’s Radiation Therapy Sector and President and CEO, Accuray, said:
“I’m delighted that Rosie Cooper MP was able to join us in Westminster for this event. AdvaMed is committed to working in the UK and on a broader, global scale to expand patient access to radiotherapy. We look forward to future engagement with parliamentarians and NHS providers to ensure that for patients in the UK, this goal becomes a reality.”

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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has finally a received correspondence from Lancashire County Council’s Highways Chief over concerns she raised about road safety on County Road.

MP Rosie raised the issues in 2017 and urged LCC to reconsider their previous response to Rosie which was indicated that they weren’t going to take action on speed issues or alternative road safety or traffic improvements.

Rosie said at the time, ‘I am urging Lancashire County Council to take a proactive approach and not wait for more casualties to occur, or even fatalities’.

The Highways Authority, following the death of a driver at the junction of County Road and Green Lane/Hayfield Road, and after further pressure from Rosie, have responded that they will now be reconsidering this junction.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I urged the County Highways months ago to take a proactive approach and not wait for someone to die, but no action was considered and tragically a driver died in December.

“This and other junctions cannot just be left as they are while crashes, injuries and deaths are allowed to continue. We must act before not after deaths or serious injuries.

“County Road has many junctions some with lights and some without, and we should be ensuring that the road is as safe as it can possibly be to reduce the chances of further accidents occurring.

“I said it previously that Government guidance might steer one way, but common sense and local knowledge needs to have influence so we are not waiting for a death on the road before action is taken, but this was ignored.

“Lancashire County Council must take action urgently to make these junctions safer.”

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