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" I am writing to share some worrying news about our local NHS with you. I’d also like to ask for your help in fighting to ensure that the NHS in Milton Keynes has the resources it needs to meet the demands of an increasing population.

Our local NHS is being cut by the Tory Government, and our services are in crisis.

Investigations by national newspapers into local Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have identified that A&E and Maternity services at Milton Keynes Hospital are at risk of being closed or downgraded.

As a recent user of maternity services, I know how important they are to the people of Milton Keynes. Every day people rely on our A&E when they most need it. Yet waiting times are getting longer and, as our population grows, our hardworking staff within the NHS are under greater pressure than ever.

Services at Bedford Hospital are also at risk. Some people say that Milton Keynes Hospital won’t be affected, if Bedford Hospital loses its A&E or Maternity service and we keep ours. This simply isn’t true. Closing or reducing services in Bedford will simply put more pressure on MK Hospital in the future.

Your Labour Councillors are standing up to ensure our NHS services in MK are funded to meet our growing population and increasing demand.

Sign our petition today at www.mklabour.org.uk/save_our_NHS.

Labour are leading the fight to make sure that the local STP does not lead to cuts to services in Milton Keynes, or to a huge increase in demand from our neighbouring towns.

We want an NHS fit for the future, and to ensure that there is proper funding to increase access to your GP when you need them. We are also looking for investment in Social Care and Mental Health services here in the City, so we can reduce the demands on our hospital.

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We are asking the NHS to ensure that the following demands are met when they bring forward their STP changes.

• No closure or downgrade of A&E or Maternity services in Milton Keynes
• No reduction to nursing staff at MK Hospital
• Proper funding for the NHS to meet the needs of our growing population
• Better access to GP services in MK
• More investment and funding for Social Care & Mental Health

We need to ensure that our NHS in Milton Keynes gets all the funding it needs, and that the STP isn’t simply a smokescreen for cuts to our underfunded NHS.

If you want to join our fight, please sign our community petition. You will find it on our website, at www.mklabour.org.uk/save_our_NHS."

Important message from Councillor Hannah O'Neill (Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council & Cabinet Member for Public Health):

" I am writing to share some worrying news about our local NHS with you. I’d also like to ask for your help in fighting to ensure that the NHS...

Save our NHS

On the 17 February, Milton Keynes Council Leader Peter Marland highlighted national newspaper identification of Milton Keynes University Hospital as one of 24 hospitals in the country that might lose its A&E. 

Since then national newspapers, including the Mirror and Daily Mail have continued to highlight the proposed cuts. The BBC has also highlighted that the cuts in A&E and maternity are part of £22 billion pounds of wider cuts to the NHS.

Council Leader Cllr Pete Marland said, I am deeply concerned that the NHS locally has been consistently underfunded, and now we may lose the A&E and maternity services as part of Government cuts. I believe we must fight Government plans to run down the NHS, something they have done with public services over many years. They have never supported properly funding Milton Keynes services.

Milton Keynes Labour Party has launched a local campaign against underfunding and possible cuts to the hospital. It has launched a petition as the first stage of a city-wide campaign. The petition demands:

- No closure or downgrade of A&E or Maternity services in Milton Keynes

- No reduction to nursing staff at MK Hospital

- Proper funding for the NHS to meet the needs of our growing population

- Better access to GP services in MK

- More investment and funding for Social Care & Mental Health

The petition can be found at: http://www.mklabour.org.uk/save_our_nhs

Cllr Hannah O'Neill

The campaign is being led by community campaigner, and Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Hannah O’Neill. She concluded, We have launched a petition to build public support for our valued hospital and to tackle historic underfunding, and now the threat of cuts to A&E and maternity services. We will shortly deliver a leaflet to 40,000 homes as the second stage of our campaign. Please sign the petition and get involved.

 

'Save our NHS' petition launched as threat to A&E and Maternity services becomes clear

On the 17 February, Milton Keynes Council Leader Peter Marland highlighted national newspaper identification of Milton Keynes University Hospital as one of 24 hospitals in the country that might lose...

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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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