Pharmacy plan spells 'perfect storm' for local NHS

Originally published 14 October 2016. 
Cheltenham's former Liberal Democrat MP has condemned the Conservative government's plans for local pharmacies.  Martin Horwood says the local health and care sector will face a 'perfect storm' if pharmacies are forced to close since they have been building up their role in healthcare for years, taking pressure off local GP surgeries and even A&E departments.
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'Alarming' local NHS deficit just part of 'looming catastrophe' for whole NHS

Originally published 20 September 2016.

The announcement today that Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust is in a 'significantly worse' financial situation than was previously understood and that - far from being in surplus - it is millions in the red, has been described as 'alarming', a threat to local services and part of a looming financial catastrophe for the whole NHS by a local Liberal Democrat who campaigned to keep many hospital services in Cheltenham.  Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Martin Horwood was the town's MP before 2015 and led popular campaigns to keep Cheltenham's maternity ward and it's A&E department open.

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Hinkley C a bad deal

Originally published 19 September 2016.

Cheltenham Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Martin Horwood today [Monday] moved a motion at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton to oppose the planned nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

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Springbank needs to stay in Cheltenham!

Originally published 13 September 2016.

Lib Dem says Boundary Commission 'musical chairs' would lose an integral part of Cheltenham.  The Boundary Commission for England has today proposed that Springbank ward in the west of Cheltenham should join rural villages like Stanton, Twyning and Boddington in the Tewkesbury parliamentary constituency.

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We need a full-service A&E back in Cheltenham, says Lib Dem

Originally published 1 August 2016.

Cheltenham's Lib Dem parliamentary candidate has commented on the regulator NHS Improvement's announcement that it would be giving 'extra support' to Gloucestershire Hoipositals NHS Trust to reduce A&E waiting times:  'NHS Improvement have now recognised what local people have been saying for years: that the A&E system in Gloucestershire isn't working.'

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