Arriva took over the non-emergency ambulance service across Greater Manchester in April 2013 and at the time, Lucy raised concerns about privatising part of the NHS.
Since they took over, she has been contacted by many patients about the extremely poor services they’ve received. Lucy raised these concerns regularly with both Arriva themselves and with the CCG responsible, and despite bosses insisting the service had improved, the number of constituents who’ve complained to Lucy about the company has remained consistently high throughout the duration of their contract.Read more
Lucy is supporting National Transplant Week, a week coordinated by the NHS that is designed to promote organ donation and transplants while raising the profile of these key issues. NHS Blood and Transplant wants to get the whole nation talking about organ donation, with the theme of this year’s Transplant Week being ‘Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate’.
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Last week Lucy joined mesothelioma sufferers, family members and campaigners to mark Action Mesothelioma Day 2015 in the City Centre.
The event, held annually since 2006, aims to raise awareness of the illness, a malignant lung disease which results mainly from exposure to asbestos. In the UK, someone dies every five hours from mesothelioma, and workers in Manchester have been particularly at risk, due to the historically high levels of asbestos in the area. The Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group saw nearly 300 people newly diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in 2014. 135 of these had been diagnosed with mesothelioma.Read more
Lucy has written to the company who operated a private hospital in her constituency, asking for assurance that former employees will be treated fairly following its announcement that its staff had been made redundant. The Bridgewater Hospital in Hulme went into liquidation earlier this year and a takeover deal was confirmed this month, with former employees losing their jobs and suppliers and businesses losing thousands of pounds.
This situation is concerning, particularly if staff have found themselves unemployed and businesses are not being paid what is owed to them.
I have written to the company who operate the hospital to ask them whether they intend to do the responsible thing and make sure that individuals and suppliers are paid properly.
It was great to visit Bridge College in Openshaw last week to meet with the student council.
Bridge College is a specialist college for students up to the age of 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities and autism, and it was really interesting to talk to the staff and students about the college and what is on offer there. I was really impressed by the wide range of facilities at the college, which has its own hydrotherapy pool and sensory rooms. The support offered to the students is fantastic and I’m really pleased to have such a wonderful college in my constituency.Read more
Lucy is supporting Public Health England's new campaign, launched earlier this month, to help improve the health and diet of children across the UK. The new Change4Life scheme is aimed at helping families cut down on their sugar intake by encouraging them to make simple changes, or swaps, at key occasions in the day.
In Manchester, in 2011/12, 11.2% of reception-age children were classified as obese. The proportion of children in Year 6 classified as obese was over twice as high, at 23.6%. This suggests many children become obese during Primary School and therefore it’s more important than ever that we keep track of the amount of sugar our children are eating.Read more
Lucy responds to latest figures which show Arriva missed targets for getting people to hospital on time every month for a year
Lucy responded to fresh figures which show that Arriva have missed their target for getting patients to appointments on time every month for the past year.
The figures also show that Arriva upheld 48 complaints about their service in March alone.
Since raising the issues with Arriva's service, Lucy has been inundated with complaints. She has met with Arriva about her concerns and this week discussed the issue with Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group who are responsible for Arriva's contract and who have asked Arriva to produce a Performance Improvement Plan.
Lucy was recently joined by Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt at the The Divine Mercy RC Primary School to see the work conducted by Place2Be, a children's mental health charity.
Place2Be is a charity that works with over 200 schools across the UK, providing counselling and support for children who may be experiencing problems in their personal life.
Lucy, discussing her visit, said that she believes that "early interventions, like the one to one counselling that Place2Be provides, can improve children's wellbeing and help them to achieve their potential both at school and in later life".
Lucy has recently uncovered that Arriva, the company running some ambulance services in Manchester, has been awarded a £400k performance bonus, despite failing to meet performance targets set each month since taking over the contract last April.
Lucy has been conducting this work, in part, due to the number of complaints she has received regarding the services provided by Arriva.
Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central and one of the sponsors of an amendment to the Children and Families Bill at Committee stage to improve care and support for young carers has commented on a Government Written Ministerial Statement this morning on young carers. Lucy Powell MP said:
"I welcome this news from Edward Timpson MP on changes in the law to improve assessment and support of young carers. When I called for changes to the Children and Families Bill alongside Robert Buckland MP and Annette Brooke MP earlier in the year the Government weren't prepared to listen. It is good news for young carers across the country and a testament to the campaigning work of the National Young Carers Coalition that the Government have thought twice.