Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara spoke in a Westminster debate in support of a Private Members Bill which aims to protect the NHS from privatisation. Barbara spoke in the debate on a Bill introduced by the Labour MP Clive Efford.

The NHS (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill was given a Second Reading, with MPs voting 241 to 18 in support of the Bill. It should now be considered further in a Commons Committee but this stage requires the Government to move a motion to allow this. Among measures in the Bill is one to make the Health Secretary fully responsible again for the provision of NHS services. It would also put measures in place to prevent the NHS being forced to contract out services due to the Conservative-led Government’s Health and Social Care Act.

Barbara Said:

“The Conservative-led Government’s measures have put competition and privatisation above the needs of NHS patients. I talked in the debate about negative experiences my constituents have had in Salford since patient transport was contracted out to the bus company Arriva. One case I mentioned meant a cancer patient had to wait for three hours for ambulance transport back to Salford Royal after treatment at the Christie Hospital.

Waits like these are distressing for patients and their families and terminally-ill patients should never have to wait like this. I also talked about the concern I have that commissioners in some parts of the country are considering contracting out all cancer and end of life care services in their area. This could be very risky for future cancer treatment.

Millions of pounds are being wasted on unnecessary tendering process when that money that should be spent on improving front-line patient care. Labour wants to improve patient care through integration of health and social care, but integration needs collaboration not competition.  It is vital that Parliament passes this Bill to safeguard the NHS from privatisation.”

 

 

Barbara speaks out to protect the NHS from privatisation

Barbara spoke in a Westminster debate in support of a Private Members Bill which aims to protect the NHS from privatisation. Barbara spoke in the debate on a Bill introduced...

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Barbara is welcoming the news of a public meeting to be held to allow residents in her constituency to talk about issues with the road works on the A580. Many residents have complained to Barbara and to Urban Vision about long delays to their journey times caused by road works on the A580 East Lancashire Road. She understands that works connected to the Busway may now run until August 2015.

Barbara asked Transport for Greater Manchester and Urban Vision to set up a public meeting to allow local people to talk about the problems they are having and to ask questions about the way the road works are being done. The planned meeting is to be held on Saturday 29th November from 11am to 1pm at Harrop Fold School, Hilton Lane, Walkden.

Barbara said:

“I am pleased that my call for a meeting to talk about the roadworks on the A580 is being met. I think that local people need the chance to talk about issues they are having with their journeys due to the road works on the A580 and surrounding roads.

I have never supported the Busway project as I feel it is a scheme of very limited value for the costs involved in the project. However, I do believe it is important that the agencies involved in this scheme understand the impact their works are having on people and do whatever they can to minimise that impact. I hope this meeting helps that to happen.”

Barbara welcomes news of public meeting to discuss road works on A580

Barbara is welcoming the news of a public meeting to be held to allow residents in her constituency to talk about issues with the road works on the A580. Many...

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Barbara is supporting making an amendment to the Small Business Bill so that it delivers a fairer deal for local pubs in Salford.

The amendment will provide pub tenants who are tied to the large pub companies with the option of a rental only deal. This would allow the pubs to buy beer on the open market at prices up to 70% below what pub companies currently force them to pay.

Barbara and 211 other MPs have indicated support for the rental only deal. The amendment is also backed by the GMB union and the national Fair Deal for Your Local campaign which includes the Campaign for Real Ale (ICAMRA) and small business organisations. MPs will vote on this amendment in Parliament on Tuesday 18th November.

The Chief Executive of CAMRA, Tim Page, has welcomed support from MPs for the amendment.

Barbara said:

People in Salford have seen too many pubs in our local area close down. Across the UK 27 pubs close each week and we have lost at least 70 pubs from Salford. We need to make sure this is not because large pub companies currently have an unfair advantage. They can hike up their prices because they can prevent pub tenants from buying beer from other sellers.

The Conservative-led Government’s plans for pub company reform do not address this issue.  I am supporting the amendment because I believe giving pub tenants an option of these agreements with large pub companies will help local pub licensees run a successful business.

I hope this change will mean pub companies offer fairer agreements to tenants in the future.”

Barbara Supports a Fairer Deal for Local Pubs

Barbara is supporting making an amendment to the Small Business Bill so that it delivers a fairer deal for local pubs in Salford.


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