A failure to grasp a vital issue


BussesThe image shown here is from the ‘They work for You’ website which displays how our MPs and Peers who are paid to represent us handle the public speeches they make in Parliament. The question from Robert Halfon is an important one and makes sense to anyone who has ever tried to get to Hospital by public transport. The tragedy is that Nusrat Ghani seems to have answered it as though she lives in a world that is not where her constituents live. Her Constituency, Wealden is one that has very little provision for hospitals. There is a small hospital in Crowborough and another small one in Uckfield. However any serious treatment for her constituents needs to take place in Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton, Haywards Heath or Tunbridge Wells. The only reliable and regular public transport to any of these locations from the constituency is by bus. However to get to hospital from over such distances is far from easy and to leave such matters in the hands of bus companies and even local authorities seems completely wrong. The need for the NHS to work with local authorities and for regulations to be applied to those operate bus services which clearly also requires funding, is vital in a rural constituency like Wealden and indeed in many other parts of the UK. Let us hope that Nusrat Ghani will take the time to reflect on her answer to this important question and see this as a matter for her to resolve, not leave the bus operators to make decisions on!

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About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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