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MP slams East Midlands Ambulance Service report

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has criticised a report by the East Midlands Ambulance Service on the response to consultation about the future of ambulance provision in the region.

He said the report was a "misrepresentation of the response to the consultation" and suggested that "such bias in representing the facts is simply unacceptable and is a breach of both NHS guidelines and legislation."

He has now written to the Chief Executive of the Trust before a meeting to consider the contents of the report.

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MP calls for fairer health funding

A North Yorkshire MP is calling for fairer health funding in the county.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, met with Minister for Health Dr Dan Poulter today to request a review into the funding formula.

The funding allocation figure shows that per head of population North Yorkshire receives substantially less than other urban parts of Yorkshire and less even than neighbouring counties like Cumbria.

This shortfall hampers efficient use of Community Hospitals such as the Lambert, St Monica’s, Malton Hospital and the Friarage as well as the provision of health care through GPs and community nurses.

– Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton

Future of services at Newark Hospital

The future of healthcare services at Newark hospital are being discussed in the Commons.

The hospital trust says the public is being fully consulted about changes that are being made and it is committed to providing a quality service.

But MP Patrick Mercer claims that with a growing population and the planned closure of the ambulance station, there's a risk that services for local patients will suffer.

Future of Newark hospital under discussion

The future of healthcare services at Newark hospital will be discussed in the Commons later.

The hospital trust says the public is being fully consulted about changes that are being made and it is committed to providing a quality service.

However, MP Patrick Mercer claims that with a growing population and the planned closure of the ambulance station, there's a risk that services for local patients will suffer.

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£20m boost for region's roads

Councils in Yorkshire and Humber can plan how to spend their share of an £20.8 million fund for local road maintenance after funding allocations were published today by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The £20.8 million is part of a £333 million fund announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend the life of roads in England.

This highways maintenance funding could be used for improvements such as road resurfacing, maintenance to bridges or repairing damage to highway infrastructure caused by severe weather events, such as the recent flooding.

This extra money will support economic growth and development by helping local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber to get the best out of their local road networks, This funding can be spent on measures to bring smoother, safer and more reliable journeys to the travelling public whether they are commuting to work or taking the children to school."I

– Patrick McLoughlin MP, Transport Secretary

MPs debate minimum distance between wind turbines in Lincolnshire

Setting a minimum distance between wind turbines built in Lincolnshire would 'allay people's concerns' over 'inappropriate onshore wind development', one of the county's MPs has claimed.

Stephen Phillips, who represents Sleaford and North Hykeham, told MPs in the Commons there was 'considerable support' for tighter rules.

Planning Minister Nick Boles, who is also a Lincolnshire MP, said the move 'might be appropriate' for the county, but not elsewhere.

MPs oppose marriage plans

Five MPs from the ITV Yorkshire region have signed up to an alliance opposed to Government plans to legislate for same-sex marriages.

They are among 58 parliamentarians who have put their names to an open letter to the Daily Telegraph warning ministers they have no mandate for the proposed change.

At the last election, none of the three main parties stood on a platform to redefine marriage. It was not contained in any of their manifestos, nor did it feature in the Coalition’s Programme for Government. These facts alone should have led to extreme caution on the part of those calling for this change to be made.

Instead the Government is ignoring the overwhelming public response against the plans. The consultation has ignored the views of 500,000 British residents in favour of anonymous submissions from anyone anywhere in the world. We believe that the Government does not have a mandate to redefine marriage.

– An extract from the open letter to the Daily Telegraph

The letter has been signed by:

  • David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden)
  • Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative, High Peak)
  • Karl McCartney MP (Conservative, Lincoln)
  • Anne McIntosh MP (Conservative, Thirsk and Malton)
  • Craig Whittaker MP (Conservative, Calder Valley)
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