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With the imminent closure of Greyfriar’s Health Centre on September 30th 2016 the Great Yarmouth & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has failed to address any of the concerns about the proposed replacement services after what amounted to little more than a public relations exercise by way of a ‘consultation’. The Save Greyfriars campaign has collected 2,744 signatures on our petition calling on the CCG to reconsider the closure.

This Thursday ahead of the meeting of the Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG’s governing body Tony Crone will present our joint petition to Andy Evans their Chief Executive at 12pm outside Beccles House. We are proud to have been part of this grassroots campaign also supported by Unite, Unite community, the GMB, the People's Assembly, Waveney Trades council among other groups and to have received such stellar support from residents, over 2,700 of whom back this campaign.

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A recent report by the CQC into IC24 the provider of the NHS 111 service to Norwich & Wisbech who also provide NHS 111 services to Great Yarmouth & Waveney reported chilling findings such as;

  • Inadequate training of staff that triage patients.
  • Failure to prioritise investigations into shocking delays relating to patient care.
  • Failing to ensure medicine held at primary care centres is within the manufacturer’s expiry date.
  • Inability to properly carry out their safeguarding duties with regards to recruitment of staff and failure to undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for staff.
  • Failure to provide properly trained staff at primary care centres.

Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice and Dentistry in CQC’s Central region stated:

“Our inspectors found that systems and processes to help prevent patients being put at risk of harm were not always in place.”

“There were delays in patients accessing the 111 and the GP out-of-hours service, the systems to show that staff had been appropriately trained and security checked were ineffective and we found some medicines were out of date. We have told the service to take action to address these and other issues.”

The fact that Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG rate the service has good is the cause for upmost concern into whether the governors of the CCG and Andy Evans are capable of providing good governance for the people of Great Yarmouth if their own assessment is so wildly at odds with that of the regulator the Care Quality Commission.

The replacement services announced today by Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG set out a scheme of ‘twice a day’ cover only at weekends and bank holidays from October 1st. This is a considerable reduction from the 7 day service the government and Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has promised and from the 12 hour a day cover that currently exists for the people of Great Yarmouth.

The CCG has also failed to address how people on lower incomes who live within the area served by Greyfriar’s Health Centre or those visiting our town during the holiday season would be able to access out of hours cover at the James Paget University Hospital without considerable expense of a Taxi or long bus journey.

Trevor Wainwright (Councillor for Magdalen ward and Leader of the Labour Group on Great Yarmouth Borough Council) says;

 “The Labour Party feels that the people of Great Yarmouth are being made scapegoats for the serious underfunding of the NHS by this government where GP services have now been twice cut back in the borough and local people are frustrated at the long waits to get appointments and loss of valued services for local residents.

 The poor quality of ‘enhanced’ services proposed as replacements to existing good healthcare providers is of serious concerns to Labour councillors on GYBC who will work tirelessly to hold Great Yarmouth & Waveney CCG to account for any failings in their duty of care to the people of this borough.”

 26th July 2016 

Save Greyfriars Campaign

With the imminent closure of Greyfriar’s Health Centre on September 30th 2016 the Great Yarmouth & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has failed to address any of the concerns about the...

Opposition leader Trevor Wainwright and his labour councillors had Graham Plant leader of the council and the Conservatives on the ropes at the council budget meeting on Tuesday night.  Question after question went unanswered as cabinet members paid a special allowance to lead on their portfolios flinched from their responsibilities hiding behind a stock phrase of 'a written response will be provided.'

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Questions amounting to over a £1million of taxpayer's money were asked by Labour

Lee Sutton, Central and Northgate ward raised serious concerns about play area repairs in his ward and what the impact on repairs would be following a reduction in the maintenance budget from £8,000 to zero proposed at the meeting.  A written answer is pending.

The fees and charges information were received on the day of the budget leaving members dismayed when it was revealed by Labour that the Conservatives were imposing a new charge above the £25 statutory minimum of £120 for kennelling stray dogs, £145 in total. 

The question was asked what would happen to the dogs if the fee was not paid with Graham Plant saying that the dogs would be destroyed, causing an uproar in the chamber and an intervention by the Mayor, well known for her love of dogs.  Trevor Wainwright said that he was concerned that residents relieved that the council had found their lost pet would be left distraught if they could not afford the new charge and their dog destroyed. A vote was taken and the charge removed despite Conservative opposition.

Lee Sutton proposed £20,000 towards  new play equipment on the Beaconsfield as part of a larger £200,000 phased scheme citing the sports and play strategy that says provision is in adequate and that there is community support for much needed improvements.  This was supported by Labour only to be voted down by the Conservatives and UKIP.

On a brighter note Trevor Wainwright proposed a £90,000 neighbourhood  fund for local groups to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, as a fitting tribute to Her Majesty.  This gained cross party support and was passed.

Notable questions left unanswered were:

  • If the cost of the EU referendum was fully reflected in the budget, with Labour highlighting a potential £65,500 deficit
  • Why the cost of council telephones had risen from £25,234 to £51,377
  • Why there had been a reduction in grants for neighbourhoods, Creative Arts East and the Eastern Orchestral board totalling £41,000

Statement in Response to GYBC Budget

Opposition leader Trevor Wainwright and his labour councillors had Graham Plant leader of the council and the Conservatives on the ropes at the council budget meeting on Tuesday night.  Question...

Dr Chris Jones has been confirmed as the Labour Party candidate for the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5th May 2016.427dce6c31889ab213413cc36b5d01b1.jpg


Following a ballot of Constituency Labour Parties in Norfolk, Chris Jones, who worked in the NHS for 32 years, was selected with the clear backing of local parties.

Chris is a former doctor, who worked in the NHS for more than 30 years, 20 of which were spent as a consultant in forensic psychiatry. 

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 Dr Chris Jones commented:

“People in Norfolk deserve a Police and Crime Commissioner who will stand up for our communities and protect front line policing from further cuts by this government.
Violent crime in Norfolk has risen by 30 per cent in a year. But the number of police officers in the county has been slashed since 2010. The choice at the election will be between a Labour commissioner who will stand up to the government's cuts to policing, or a Tory commissioner who will back them all the way.
My experience as a psychiatrist has not only given me an insight into how cuts to public services have stretched them to capacity, but also the importance of crime prevention. If elected, I will work day and night to make our streets safer and protect our communities from the very worst government cuts.”

Dr Chris Jones selected as Labour's Police & Crime Commissioner candidate for Norfolk

Dr Chris Jones has been confirmed as the Labour Party candidate for the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election on 5th May 2016.

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