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The Milton Keynes Council Leadership are deeply concerned that our local Hospital Accident & Emergency (A&E) wards, along with the Bedford Hospital A&E have been identified for possible closure according to the Independent newspaper.

(http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/new-research-reveals-scale-of-nhs-crisis-a7564476.html#r3z-addoor)

The Council are also deeply concerned that services at the busy MK University Hospital Maternity unit, in a city with a growing number of young families could be reduced or merged, according to further research into NHS cuts by the national I Newspaper. (https://inews.co.uk/nhs/revealed-11-maternity-units-face-closure/)

Milton Keynes Labour Council Leader, Pete Marland, who also chairs the local Health and Wellbeing Board has called for total public opposition to any closure or downgrading of our hospital services.

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Labour Leader Cllr Pete Marland said, “Milton Keynes Council is totally opposed to closing  local A&Es. It makes no sense in our growing city. We will fight any such proposals. We want an expanded hospital. We want it to be a  major Trauma centre with the capacity to meet the needs of a growing city. This is all about Conservative under funding and we have to challenge their approach to the NHS.”

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Cllr Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader of MK Council and Health lead who recently returned to work after maternity leave  added “I am a recent service user of the Maternity unit. I found it a great service. To see it downgraded or merged would be bad news for thousands of families having children. Remember they closed the Whalley Drive and the Newport Pagnell maternity units to bring them to the new hospital. Now to meet Conservative funding cuts they want to downgrade the Maternity unit. This is madness.

She added: “What we really need is an expanded maternity service with specialist medical staff. As a university hospital we should be a centre of excellence. We must stop a Conservative downgrade.”  

Cllr Marland concluded: “The NHS faces its greatest ever challenge from short sighted politically driven so-called austerity cuts from the Conservatives. Milton Keynes Council will fight any closures or downgrades of services. We know the Conservative party never supported setting up the NHS. We will not let them run our hospital down. Milton Keynes residents and future generations deserve better.”  

You can sign our community petition now by visiting the Save our NHS page. 

MK Hospital A&E and Maternity unit identified for possible closure or downgrading.

The Milton Keynes Council Leadership are deeply concerned that our local Hospital Accident & Emergency (A&E) wards, along with the Bedford Hospital A&E have been identified for possible closure according...

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On Tuesday 7 February Milton Keynes Council agreed a £440,000 funding package to start the process of modernising Day Services for older people; with a particular focus on supporting people with dementia.

Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care said, “I am committed to modernising Day Care services in Milton Keynes. Existing ‘tired’ services at Manor Road and Cripps Lodge will be replaced by a new Day Care service that will provide the best possible services and support for vulnerable adults with complex needs such as dementia. ”

The Council will be investing in the modernisation of an existing Council owned property in Simpson. (Currently the Music centre that is being relocated to West Bletchley) This new Day Care will also be only two minutes’ walk from the Five Acres Care home, that was recently purchased by the Council. This care home will focus on the needs of people with dementia.

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Cllr Nigel Long

Cllr Long added, “We will have two excellent services in one location allowing a sharing of services and the opportunity for sharing staff.”

Investing in Care and Support for people with Dementia.

The Council has a growing reputation for developing its dementia care and support services. There are high quality dementia services already at Courtneys Lodge on Furzton, Flowers House at Bletchley Park  and Kilkenny House,  Westcroft. These are backed up by first class specialist home care services.     

Cllr Long concluded, “In agreeing to develop a new Day Centre at Simpson we are continuing to develop further our support for people with dementia. There is growing demand as the MK population ages. We aim to have comprehensive, high quality and integrated services in place to meet this challenge. It is what a well-run Labour Council does.”

Council starts modernisation of Day Care services for older residents.

On Tuesday 7 February Milton Keynes Council agreed a £440,000 funding package to start the process of modernising Day Services for older people; with a particular focus on supporting people...

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Labour Councillor Paul Williams has called for a rethink of the Council's approach to affordability and community in the City centre. He is concerned that a new development, that will be 7 storeys high, undermines the need for mixed communities that do not turn into ‘dead zones’ every night.

On the 2 February Milton Keynes Development Control passed a planning application for 139 private rented properties in CMK. (Application Number: 16/03038/FUL) The application site is located on Silbury Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes within Block E1.3. It is bound to the west and east by North Twelfth Street and North Thirteenth Street respectively. The tallest part of the building would be 7 storeys; however a series of step downs and set-backs would be employed to provide varied heights throughout the development.

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The proposed development includes just 14 so called ‘affordable flats’ which is just 10% of the properties being built. This is way below the Council's target of 30% affordable housing. The rent on these properties will be £200 per week or £10,400 on an annual basis. There would then probably be the normal service charge on top.

Cllr Paul Williams said, “I am deeply concerned that we are developing a whole generation of high rise, high cost flats in the City Centre which exclude local people. This development will probably become another block of flats where well off people live there just in the week. I want to see a mixed community in CMK. The so called affordable flats make up just 10% of the total and at £200 quid per week, plus, no doubt service charges, are clearly not affordable to most Milton Keynes people. We need a major rethink on what is happening in CMK.”

Cllr Paul Williams concluded, “Much of the city centre is already a ‘dead zone’ after about 7pm. This development will add to the problem. I believe there needs to be a major rethink about the city centre. We are in danger of building tomorrows slums. We need truly affordable mixed communities, that are not abandoned after 7pm in the evening.”

Councillor Williams can be contacted by email at Paul.Williams@Milton-Keynes.gov.uk

Time to rethink City centre ‘Dead zone’ and lack of ‘Affordability’.

Labour Councillor Paul Williams has called for a rethink of the Council's approach to affordability and community in the City centre. He is concerned that a new development, that will...

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