Stockport Lib Dems condemn further short-sighted cuts to our NHS

By on October 20, 2016

pharmacy-medicineStockport Lib Dems have condemned today’s government announcement that the Community Pharmacy budget is to be cut by more than 7% over the next two years. According to the government’s own figures, up to 3000 of the smaller pharmacies will now become non-viable and close.

Speaking after the announcement, Cllr Laura Booth, Lib Dem Shadow Spokesperson for Health, said: “This is going to hit the small, local pharmacies at the heart of our communities. It’s madness to make it more difficult for people to get advice and treatment from a pharmacist. It will put more pressure on GPs and Accident and Emergency departments.”

“Only a few months ago we were being told that an extra £350m a week could be made available to the NHS if we voted for Brexit. Once again we call on the government to properly fund our NHS, especially those parts which help avoid more costly hospital admissions, such as public health and community pharmacies.”

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Lib Dems disappointed that Stepping Hill Hospital has second most expensive parking nationally

By on October 14, 2016

With a minimum charge of £3.50 since the price rises in September, Stepping Hill Hospital has become the second most expensive hospital in the country for short-stay parking. Speaking of the increase Cllr Jon Twigge said: “The price for a

Lib Dems keep top spot in by-election success

By on October 14, 2016

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating more by-election success, taking the number of net gains since May to 20. Labour have a net loss of six seats and the Tories are down 13. No-one else has gained more than one seat.

Have your say on Labour’s three-weekly bin collection plan

By on October 11, 2016

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Lib Dem concern at hospital parking fee confusion

By on October 11, 2016

Stockport Liberal Democrats have received complaints from residents that the NHS website has out of date information about parking charges at Stepping Hill Hospital, which has caused them inconvenience. Cllr Laura Booth, Lib Dem spokesperson for Health issues, said “We

Stockport Liberal Democrats oppose Labour’s waste collection proposals

By on October 4, 2016

Stockport Liberal Democrats are opposing Labour plans for black residual waste bins to only be collected every three weeks. At its Meeting on Tuesday 4th October the Labour Executive will be considering a draft business case to change the black

Lib Dems celebrate election success and record membership

By on September 30, 2016

The Liberal Democrats are celebrating an amazing run of by-election wins that has seen the party take more seats than all the rest put together. Since May 2016, the Lib Dems have gained 18 seats in local by-elections and lost

How to leave Labour

By on September 24, 2016

Labour is a proud party with a long history. Recent Labour governments have done much that the Lib Dems disagree with – the Iraq war and attacking civil liberties to name two. But Labour have done much we in the Lib

O’Neill resignation a “hammer blow” to Northern Powerhouse

By on September 23, 2016

Stockport Lib Dem leader Cllr Iain Roberts has described the resignation of Government minister Jim O’Neill as a “hammer blow” to the Northern Powerhouse project. O’Neill, an internationally respected economist, was one of two ministers driving the Northern Powerhouse forwards.

Greater Manchester Police give update to local councillors

By on September 16, 2016

Liberal Democrats are urging residents across Stockport and Greater Manchester to have their say in the GMP consultation over how the public will be able to contact the Police in future. The survey can be found here. “There are just

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