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sally200.jpgSally Keeble, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North has branded “cruel and unsafe” plans for drastic cuts to local dementia services.

And she’s called on Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to withdraw the plans pending consultations on the way forward for services for a condition that affects thousands of people across the county.

“These proposals will hit thousands of local people, putting more of the burden of care onto family members and unpaid carers, stripping out essential skills from the health service and resulting in a riskier service for those living with the condition,” she said.

The plans, which will achieve a two year saving of £350,000, disclosed through leaked documents include:

  • ·         Forcing care out of acute and residential services into primary and community care.
  • ·         Stripping out specialist services, including skilled nurses and dementia care advisers from health services.
  • ·         Making GPs carry more responsibility for care of dementia patients.
  • ·         Changes to the use of powerful medication to manage dementia.

The documents show that the healthcare trust has no plans for public consultation: instead the plans will only be discussed with patients, their carers, trade unions and the staff facing redundancy.

Criticising the plans, Sally Keeble said: “These plans are cruel and unsafe. They will place a huge burden of care on an army of family and informal carers, without any increase in the support or advice available to them to care for their loved ones. The medication involved – cognitive enhancers – are extremely powerful, and there is a complete lack of clarity in the plans for how these will be administered and managed.

“These plans give the lie to David Cameron’s pledges over dementia care, and show that behind the Tory façade there is a cruel disregard for the well-being of some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” she said.

“The Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation must withdraw these plans and conduct a proper public consultation about its plans for dementia care services.”

If you are affected by dementia and have views on the services and the new proposals, please let Sally know on the feedback form http://www.sallykeeble.org.uk/dementia_care_response

Sally Keeble calls on local healthcare trust to withdraw its "cruel and unsafe" plans to cut dementia care services

Sally Keeble, Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North has branded “cruel and unsafe” plans for drastic cuts to local dementia services.

croughton300.jpgThis weekend's local football highlight was the Northampton's football association girls finals at the Spencer football club - with the under 13s girls finals won by a triumphant Croughton Diamonds.

Behind the line-up lay a huge network of community football teams that provide opportunities for children and young people to train and compete in the beautiful game. Every weekend you can see them on football pitches, formal and informal, across the town and beyond in all weathers.

It's a great commitment by everyone, the club organisers, the adults who train as coaches and referees, and the parents who take the children to their training and matches.  Without it Northampton - as well as football - would be much the poorer.

Sally Keeble is a strong supporter of community amateur sports clubs. She campaigned for more tax relief for the services they provide for children. In Northampton provided a cup for the under 13s girls teams to encourage the growing interest among girls and young women in football. 

"I've seen in my own family the enormous benefits that young people get from the opportunities provided by the community football clubs in Northampton," she says.

"But these chances are only possible because of the dedication of the clubs and those who run them. The same applies in many other sports which nurture and train the champions of the future. They deserve more support from central and local government."

 

Community sports clubs train the champions of the future

This weekend's local football highlight was the Northampton's football association girls finals at the Spencer football club - with the under 13s girls finals won by a triumphant Croughton Diamonds....

mum200.jpgHappy Mother's Day!  It has a special place in the life of the Labour Party in Northampton North. It's a day when everyone stops and celebrates their mother, and we're marking it with a special campaign weekend.

 

Because Labour is the political party with the commitment to women and our children  -  and we show it in our party and our policies.

Compare it to the record of this Tory/Lib Dem coalition.

  • Hardworking families in Britain are worse off by £1,600 a year since the election.
  • Women have been hit particularly hard. Women’s wages are worth £26.14 less a week since David Cameron and Nick Clegg entered Downing Street.
  • And mums have been hit hardest by David Cameron and Nick Clegg, losing £1500 a year in support while the cost of childcare has risen by 30% since the election.

 Labour has taken strides to make sure that women have a strong voice among MPs, in the leading MPs in the shadow cabinet, and here in Northampton North we've also got a woman parliamentary candidate who is a leading campaigner on issues affecting families.  

Labour will support women and families. We will:

  • Guarantee every working family with 3 and 4 year olds 25 hours of free childcare – that’s 10 extra hours a week, 38 weeks a year – And that’s ON TOP of Tax-Free Childcare. To help mums and dads stay in work and help make work pay.
  • Freeze energy bills until 2017 and reform the broken energy market to help all families struggling with energy bills that have risen by almost £300 under David Cameron.
  • Cut taxes for 24 million working people on middle and low incomes with a lower 10p starting rate of income tax – funded by a mansion tax on homes worth over £2 million.
  • Get the next generation into work with more apprenticeships and jobs schemes for young people.
  • Improve protection for low paid  -  two thirds of whom are women.

So join us this year in celebrating Mother's Day - enter our Mother's Day draw here . And if you're a mother, have a happy, restful, day.

 

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Celebrating Mother's Day - Labour's commitment

Happy Mother's Day!  It has a special place in the life of the Labour Party in Northampton North. It's a day when everyone stops and celebrates their mother, and we're...

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