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Dewsbury Hospital - Letter in the Dewsbury Press

First appeared in the Dewsbury Press here

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Kirklees misses out on share of £50m to increase GP opening hours

First published in Huddersfield Daily Examiner here

“I’m angry at David Cameron’s snub to Kirklees which means thousands of patients here will continue to see their difficulty in getting a doctor’s appointment only get worse"

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Meet the new Sherriffs in town

Originally posted in the Dewsbury Reporter here

Forget Ed and David Miliband - Paula Sherriff and her sister Lee could be Labour’s next sibling set in Parliament.

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Energy Price Freeze for Dewsbury Blocked

On Wednesday 2nd April, MPs voted on Labour’s plans for an energy price freeze.   

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Dewsbury A&E Downgrade

Save_Dewsbury_Hospital.pngThe plans to downgrade DDH, including the reduction of our A&E and maternity services and a 69% reduction in the number of beds, have been approved by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Smoking Ban

I think one thing that most people agree on is that smoking around kids is a bad idea.

That’s why, even though I don’t support a full ban on smoking altogether, I’m pleased that Parliament has now called for a ban on smoking in cars where there is a child present.

On February 10 MPs voted in favour of a ban, effectively giving Government Minis-ters the power to introduce a law on the issue.

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MP's backing for Mirfield station access bid

Originally posted in: Huddersfield Daily Examiner, here

A campaign to get disabled access at Mirfield train station has been backed by a transport MP.

Shadow Transport Secretary and Wakefield MP Mary Creagh has joined a call for urgent action to be taken to provide wheelchair access to the eastbound platform.

The busy route to Leeds is only accessible up a steep stairway from Station Road.

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Labour’s hopeful sets out agenda

Originally posted in: The Press, here

HEALTHCARE could feature strongly in Paula Sherriff’s bid to oust incumbent Simon Reevell from the Tory marginal.

The feisty Pontefract councillor, 38, believes her own career is an example of what is happening to the NHS.

Her job as a dermatology service manager was handed to Virgin Care earlier this year under new Government rules.

Miss Sherriff, who is flat hunting in Mirfield, criticised the Tory-led coalition’s 2010 Health and Social Care Act.
She said: “My choice was stark. It was either be transferred to Virgin Care or my job would no longer exist.

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