A new report on the future of NHS services in our area proposes continuing to consider the option of consolidating services such as Accident & Emergency, Emergency Surgery, Obstetrics and Critical Care at a single hospital in the area - Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital. The important question yet to be answered is where does this leave Winchester residents?
The report deems earlier plans to build a new hospital near Junction 7 of the M3 "unaffordable" and these plans have been scrapped at a meeting on Thursday, November 30 in Winchester to discuss the review. The report was produced by local CCGs (Care Commissioning Groups) and looks at a number of different opinions for the future of acute hospital services in Mid and North Hampshire, with disappointing potential outcomes for services in Winchester. The two options that remain on the table are to create a 'critical treatment hospital+' in Basingstoke, or to remain with the status quo.
Jackie Porter at the Royal Hampshire County HospitalRead more
It was great to see so many people at the AGM this afternoon - thanks to everyone that came!
Neil Fawcett offered some real insight into what we need to do if we are going to ‘Win Winchester’ in 2022 (if not before) based on the campaign that saw Layla Moran MP win in Oxford West and Abingdon. If we repeat the success of the OxWAb team then the Winchester constituency will have a Liberal MP after the next general election.
Thank you to every one who came to Pizza and Politics last night to discuss inequality - the debate was lively and there was lots of pizza.
A huge thanks to everyone who voted for Jackie and to those who helped the campaign in any way - be that volunteering, putting up posters, sharing content on social media or just telling friends about Jackie - it's greatly appreciated.
The latest YouGov constituency estimate (https://yougov.co.uk/uk-general-election-2017/…) for Winchester is putting us within touching distance of the Tories and quickly closing the gap, with a Lib Dem win firmly within their margin of error. EVERY vote IS going to count here...
In every election in recent memory there has been a public debate in Winchester so that you can hear from those who wish to represent you in Parliament. But not this election – it seems it’s not just Theresa May who’s not keen on a public debate.
So on Tuesday Jackie will be holding a live question and answer session online so you can put your questions directly to her. Just like the Winchester Liberal Democrats Facebook page and then join us online there at 8.30pm on Tuesday.
Tory plans to force the sale of family homes to pay for social care are still in chaos and disarray. Just days after health secretary Jeremy Hunt argued that a cap on costs was not fair and the manifesto had been “completely explicit” that it had been dropped, the Conservatives have attempted to stem the flow of critcism the policy received without providing any details. Amber Rudd now admits the Conservatives are "not sure" what any future cap on social care will be.
Jackie Porter with Win, a local resident
2,349 3-4 year-olds in Hampshire, including many from Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year - up from £302 in 2015-16.
The Office for National Statistics has released economic figures for the first quarter of 2017 – and they don't make encouraging reading for Theresa May's Brexit project.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable points out that the brief boost in the wake of the referendum is running out of steam. That boost was driven by a high level of consumer debt, which is described by the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) as a risk to financial stability.* Vince Cable believes our economy has not been in a more worrying state since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash.
The Liberal Democrat’s Parliamentary Candidate in Winchester has launched her new website with a pledge to focus on creating a dialogue with local residents if elected to Parliament.