20 October 2005
Boris Johnson MP: Townlands Must Be Saved
Boris Johnson MP has today called on the Government to ensure the future of Townlands hospital.
Handing over a petition to 10 Downing Street containing some 10,000 signatures calling for Townlands to be saved, Mr Johnson said:
I believe Henley needs a hospital, but this is not just a question of clinical need, it is also a question of democracy. If Labour persists in its massacre of community hospitals then it should have the guts to explain the logic of this frankly bizarre decision to the British public rather than hiding behind the excuses of unaccountable, unelected officials.
In support of the petition, an Early Day Motion (number 798) has been tabled that seeks recognition for:
the valuable worked carried out by community and cottage hospitals in providing intermediate and step-down care.
and which notes that:
many community hospitals in Oxfordshire, such as Townlands hospital in Henley-on-Thames, are threatened with closure; and calls upon the Government to ensure that these proposed closures are forestalled and that community hospitals are placed back at the heart of community care.
EARLY DAY PARLIAMENTARY MOTION to follow:
Provision of Intermediate Care and Community Hospitals
That this house recognises the valuable work carried out by community and cottage hospitals in providing intermediate and step-down care; notes that the cost of treating a patient in a local community hospital is often significantly lower than the cost of treating one in a district general hospital; further notes that “delayed discharge” as a result of lack of capacity at the intermediate care level continues to plague the NHS leading to a shortage of acute beds; further notes too that many community hospitals in Oxfordshire, such as Townlands hospital in Henley-on-Thames, are threatened with closure; and calls upon the Government to ensure that these proposed closures are forestalled and that community hospitals are placed back at the heart of community care.
Congratulations to David Dawson and his fantastic team in Henley – well done on your latest superb copy of The Henley Standard with a record-breaking 96 pages including a special Regatta supplement!
Also, this amazing picture of Boris and family enjoying a river boat cruise – in this week’s Henley Standard.
Continue reading Boris and family ~ messing about on the river
Dominic Grieve, Theresa May, Boris Johnson
This week local MPs from across the Thames Valley area met to discuss the ongoing problems on the railway.
Continue reading Local MPs unite to campaign for better Rail Services
Before General Election fever really hits us all in earnest, it was the last chance for a Boris Johnson Office rep to escape the rigours of parliamentary office life.
Continue reading Slovene Snowman and Melissa
Boris Johnson hosted the “We Care: who Pays?” campaign launch for Sue Ryder Care on 15th December in the House of Commons. A number of people gave moving testimonies of how helpful Sue Ryder Care had been in looking after their loved ones who had suffered terrible disease. A few people were moved to tears, including the heroic Olympic rower herself.
This charity really does deserve every possible support.
Boris with Olympic rower Sarah Winckless, Phil Dalton and Barry Stuart – both affiliated with care Centres.
Boris Johnson MP this week sponsored the launch of the Sue Ryder Care “We Care: Who Pays?” campaign in Parliament. The campaign is aiming to promote awareness amongst MPs of the true cost of the care provided by Sue Ryder Care. It is believed that in the past four years alone, Sue Ryder Care has effectively subsidised state care by over £50million.
Continue reading Sue Ryder Care Campaign – photo
Office Christmas Lunch before Sue Ryder event.
[photograph from hero in neighbouring office – Bill Wiggin MP]
As promised, here are some pictures of Boris in Israel.
Boris and George Osborne MP with Israeli soldiers
Boris with Israeli Finance Minister and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Mark Francois MP.
There have been a few requests for more photos, so here is a very exciting picture of myself, Melissa, and Wayne (who is our Local Constituency Agent for the South Oxfordshire Conservative Association).
I’ll try to post some photos from Israel tomorrow morning if you’re agreeable.
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