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  • Article: Jun 14, 2016

    In this modern age of social media Charlotte and I would like people to know we have been together for an amazing fifteen years in that time we have achieved some great things and have many happy memories. However as the saying goes all good things must come to an end. Charlotte and I have decided to separate. We have our reasons that are private and personal to us. We are posting this status together for the sake of our children, family and friends. There are a lot of things to sort out going forward so we apologise in advance if we don't get back to you as soon as you may like. We will do our best

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    Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Jeremy Hunt Invited to Shropshire

    Shropshire Councillors from the West of the County have written to Jeremy Hunt, MP Secretary of State for Health, to ask him to urgently review his proposals to slash funding to rural pharmacies.

    Cllr Charlotte Barnes (BIshops Castle) explained: "The Government wants to cut funding to 'Community Pharmacies' which receive a fixed amount per prescription to help them survive in sparsely populated rural areas like ours. The problems is that chemists are few and far between in our part of the world.There only 2 - one in Bishops Castle and one in Pontesbury. Their loss would mean residents having to travel to miles to get a whole range of medical products and supplies."

  • Article: Apr 5, 2016

    There will be a really important Local Joint Committee meeting on 14th April at SpArC in Bishops Castle at 7pm. Please come along to understand what we might lose and how we might deal with that.

    PRESENTATION - The Future of Shropshire Council Services in South West Shropshire and its funding.

    Councillor Malcolm Pate, Leader of Shropshire Council and Clive Wright, Chief Executive of Shropshire Council to give an update on the Shropshire Council Financial Strategy 2017 to 2020 and its implications for South West Shropshire.

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    Article: Mar 31, 2016

    The Clinical Commissioning Group is planning to reduce the number of beds at community hospitals in Shropshire by around 40%. At Ludlow, this would mean a reduction from 24 to 14 beds. The CCG's intention is to rely more on community services and adult social care to ensure the wellbeing of patients that would otherwise have been treated at Ludlow.Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East and a practising nurse, believes the plans will be harmful to the health of patients.

    "I despair for the future of hospital services in South Shropshire."

    "Once again we are to see community services cut back despite the desperate need for local beds. Health managers seem to expect community service teams and local GPs to care for people who would usually be in hospital. This won't work without huge extra funding and that money is not available. Elderly and vulnerable people who should be in hospital will be left in isolation at home with infrequent medical visits."

    "These plans are driven by budgets and overspends in the health system, not the needs of patients. The whole idea of Future Fit was that we would have a joined up approach to health services across Shropshire and Telford. But there is nothing joined up about this proposal which simply tries to move the costs from hospital to community care."

    "A reduction in beds will threaten the future of Ludlow hospital itself. Stretton Ward was closed in summer 2015. Shropdoc, which works out of the hospital, is threatened by moves to merge it with the national 101 service. With a further reduction in beds, health managers are bound to ask why they should keep any hospital facility in Ludlow."

    "I have written to Councillor Gerald Dakin, chair of the health and adult social care scrutiny committee, asking for urgent inquiry into plans to reduce community hospital beds. In particular, the committee should look at the impact the plans will have on rural communities, especially in the south of the county."

  • Article: Mar 28, 2016

    In response to growing fears about the Government's plan to turn schools into academies and the impact they will have on our area, three Shropshire Councillors have invited Pank Patel*, the Government's Schools Champion, to visit a number of schools in the rural west of the County.

    Chirbury and Worthen Councillor Heather Kidd said : "The wish is for all schools to be 'Academies' free from local authority control by 2020. The Government view is also that no school of 50 pupils or less can become an Academy. This would puts at risk almost every school in South West Shropshire .