LEGAL BATTLE AFTER HUMBER TRUST LOSES EAST RIDING CCG CONTRACT

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An NHS organisation has launched a legal battle in the High Court after losing a multi-million pound contract to look after 300,000 patients.

Humber NHS Foundation Trust lost its bid for a new £30m community health care contract to provide services for East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Instead, City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) looked set to land the major contract before Humber launched a legal challenge at the High Court in London to stop the CCG awarding the contract.

The loss of the five-year contract is a huge blow to Humber, coming just weeks after it was rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) over the safety of mental health services.

While sources say CHCP was the successful bidder, East Riding CCG will not confirm which organisation was awarded the contract until the court rules on Humber’s challenge.

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JUST WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR PRISONS?

Dermot Rathbone's Blog

Yesterday saw mass walkouts across Her Majesty’s prison estate. Up to 10,000 members of the Prison Officers Association were forced to defy convention and take industrial action. Cuts officer numbers is causing Health and Safety standards to plummet leaving POA members and support staff vulnerable to attacks.

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The surprise for those who take an interest in our prisons (another area where politicians have shirked responsibility)  was that it has taken six years for this routine atmosphere of violence to arise. During the writing of, “Through Red Lenses” we interviewed a senior Prison Deputy Governor at a large Northern jail. The officer told us that if the coalition implemented the promised 20% funding cut then there would be, “widespread disorder” within 18 months. “Thank goodness for the recent cell by cell roll out of cheap tellies, otherwise we’d be stuffed in a week!”

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LABOUR PARTY MEMBERS SUPPORTING ANTI- FRACKING

 

frackfreeeyIn the Spring of 2014, Beverley Branch Labour Party invited a Beverley resident, Jon Mager, to speak about the site being developed by Rathlin Energy to explore for gas at Crawberry Hill, close to Walkington.

Several of us were able to visit the site. We began to support the people who were camping on the verge, many of whom came from elsewhere as part of the protest against Rathlin

The protectors had to be supported – they needed food, bottled water, hammers, wood, sleeping bags etc were donated. There was a sense of industry whenever we called in; there was also a real welcome, with immediate cups of tea. Sharing prevailed.

The protectors were constantly vigilant for the arrival of heavy plant for drilling. There was a real sense that the company would begin fracking, with its attendant dangers to the health of the nation and that of the wildlife. Some of our banners and placards, displayed to passing motorists, cyclists and walkers pleaded ‘Keep it in the ground!’

image0025The summer at Crawberry was beautiful and the protectors created something of a home for themselves, with a kitchen, a store for donated food, a cosy dwelling-place with a wood burner, known as ‘the static’, information boards and a garden. Those sheltering didn’t allow themselves to stay comfortable for long: the protectors carried whistles and some took positions up on a sturdy tower. At a signal the static was emptied and the protectors took up their place at the Rathlin gate. Those watching for probable drill-carrying vehicles had been alerted. This state of watchfulness was maintained through all the days and nights, by the protectors.

Drama abounded at Crawberry, none more acute than on one of those beautiful mornings when there was a glorious sunrise which turned the road pink. In complete contrast to the beauty that nature provided, bailiffs arrived and cleared the protectors and the public from the ERYC’s verge. Every useful thing that had been put in place to ensure the land would not be fracked was removed. Many items of personal property were lost.

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