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PATIENTS IN NORTH ESSEX FACE LONGER WAITS TO SEE GPs

by leesmith on 29 February, 2024

PEOPLE living in north Essex are being “abandoned” as they face longer waits to see their local GP. Research by the Liberal Democrats has found the number of patients waiting more than 14 days for an appointment, excluding those with an unknown time between the initial booking and eventually being seen, rose to 433,771 in […]

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CALL FOR URGENT REFORM TO NHS DENTIST CONTRACTS

by leesmith on 26 February, 2024

A LEADING Colchester dentist says there needs to be a rethink of NHS contracts with dental practices. The shortage of NHS dentists around the country has seen long queues outside temporary mobile dentist surgeries. Research, commissioned from the House of Commons Library by the Liberal Democrats, found some 82,704 children – 44.9% – in the […]

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CHILDREN BEING FAILED BY LACK OF NHS DENTISTS

by leesmith on 9 February, 2024

AN alarming number of children in Colchester are being let down by the lack of NHS dentist services – with nearly HALF in the Suffolk and North-East Essex area failing to have an appointment in a 12-month period. Research, commissioned from the House of Commons Library by the Liberal Democrats, found some 82,704 children – 44.9% […]

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ALARMING RISE IN UNSOLVED BURGLARIES IN ESSEX

by leesmith on 5 February, 2024

AN alarming rise in the number of unsolved burglaries in Essex has been slammed by the Liberal Democrats in the county. Home Office figures for the period October 2022-Septrember 2023 revealed there were 15 unsolved burglaries EVERY DAY, with just 403 offenders charged from 6,818 offences of which 5,372 were deemed ‘investigation complete no suspect […]

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ANGLIAN WATER PRICE HIKE IS A ‘DISGRACE’

by leesmith on 5 February, 2024

WATER bill hikes in the Colchester area have been branded unjust and unfair during the cost-of-living crisis. The Liberal Democrats have slammed the price rises as disgraceful, with residents in the Anglian Water area being hit with an increase of more than 8%. Figures show an average annual water and sewage bill will increase from […]

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COLCHESTER GP BUDGET CUTS ARE BITING HARD

by leesmith on 31 January, 2024

GP FUNDING CUTS ARE BITING HARD FUNDING cuts to doctors’ surgeries in Colchester are biting hard – with almost a 7% drop per patient since 2019. House of Commons Library research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats found budgets for the NHS Integrated Care Board for Suffolk and North Essex amounted to a 6.6% decrease in […]

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TIME TO STAND UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME

by leesmith on 31 January, 2024

POLITICAL PARTIES MUST UNIUTE TO TACKLE KNIFE CRIME A LEADING Colchester councillor wants all political parties to stand united in the fight to tackle knife crime in the city. Lib Dem Martin Goss’ motion for the city’s council to support police, schools and organisations in combatting the misery of knife crime was ratified with full […]

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COLCHESTER SCHOOLS TO FACE CUTS TO SPENDING POWER

by Site Author on 27 January, 2024

CASH-STRAPPED schools in Colchester are facing further cuts which will mean they will have £186 LESS to spend per pupil in the next year. Research carried out by the National Education Union revealed schools in Essex will see their spending power drop from £525million in 2023-24 to £489million in 2024-25. In real terms, that equates […]

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MARTIN GOSS SLAMS GOVERNMENT

by Site Author on 27 January, 2024

FAILURE OVER A&E WAITING TIMES URGENT action is needed to tackle the increase in Accident & Emergency waiting times at Colchester General Hospital caused by the Government’s cuts to the NHS. Research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed the number of people who had to wait more than four hours at hospitals in the East […]

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86 thousand local people waiting for hospital treatment

by Site Author on 16 January, 2024

COLCHESTER General Hospital needs more funding to tackle a worrying rise in patient waiting times. Martin Goss, the City’s Liberal Democrat candidate for the forthcoming General Election, said: “Latest figures from NHS England have revealed an increase of 6,881 people waiting for treatment in the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust. And these figures […]

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