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bird200.jpgA water crisis in Bradlaugh Fields has hit wildlife at a crucial time of year as the ponds and streams have dried up.

Sally has called on Anglian Water to help restore the water flow to restore water levels to the watercourses in the park. Local residents reported to Sally that the water stopped flowing and ponds dried up after work on water supply infrastructure in the area.

The picture to the left is of a bird feeding on the dried out bottom of the pond near the barn  -  reduced to a tiny puddle despite the heavy rain.

Local environmental groups are also concerned about the impact the disappearance of the streams and ponds could have on the breeding season.

Sally is writing to Anglican Water about the problem. If you have any information or comments on the water crisis in the park please use the feedback form.

"Thanks to everyone who has contacted me about this. It's terrible to see these water courses and ponds dried out. Pond dipping platforms and walkways front onto stretches of mud. Bradlaugh Fields is highly and rightly valued for its biodiversity, and the watercourses are a key part of that. I am calling on Anglian Water to help restore the environment in the park" Sally says.

Meanwhile Anglian Water says it has conservation experts looking into the problem.

Please use your feedback here

 

Sally calls for Anglian Water to help as water crisis affects wildlife in Bradlaugh Fields

A water crisis in Bradlaugh Fields has hit wildlife at a crucial time of year as the ponds and streams have dried up.

images_(3).jpgLiz Kendal MP, one of Labour's rising stars and a shadow health minister, came to Northampton to set out a way forward for better services for people living with dementia.

She took part in a discussion at Kingsthorpe Grange, a home specialising in dementia care with staff from the home, a local carer and also with Mrs Olive Robinson of ACES, the inspirational day centre for elders at the Afro-Caribbean community.

They discussed the difficulty people have in finding their way through the minefield of regulations that restrict assess to dementia care services, and the hard time facing care providers managing the scarce funds to care for very frail people.

Liz set out a strategy for whole person care, with one key worker to access the range of services needed by someone living with dementia, and their family members.

Meanwhile thanks to people who have sent Sally accounts of your experiences of living with dementia. Some people have had difficult battles with bureaucracy to access services. And there has also been some important information about cuts to care by local commissioning groups.

Sally will be following these up - and if you have any further comments, please let her know.

Liz Kendal MP, health minister, sets out strategy for dementia care

Liz Kendal MP, one of Labour's rising stars and a shadow health minister, came to Northampton to set out a way forward for better services for people living with dementia....

Sally 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  here   

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.

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