Holly Lynch MP

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The NHS in Yorkshire is facing a staffing crisis which is putting patient safety at risk according to the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP), and Halifax MP Holly Lynch is calling on the Government to act.

The RCP’s annual census looks at workforce challenges in the NHS and is used to highlight areas where frontline posts remain unfilled. It has found that during 2016/17 43% of advertised consultant posts in Yorkshire and the Humber were not filled and in acute medicine only 5 out of 26 posts were appointed to successfully.

The report also highlights the problems of an ageing workforce with 37% of consultants currently working in Yorkshire and the Humber set to reach the planned average retirement age over the next decade.

The Royal College believe that these staff shortages have direct implications for patients with 22% of consultants surveyed stating that trainee rota gaps have a significant impact on patient safety.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch is calling on the Government to tackle the staffing crisis. She said:

“These worrying figures show the impact of nearly a decade of Conservative mismanagement of the NHS.

“NHS staff feel undervalued and overworked meaning increasing numbers are either leaving the service or moving overseas. In addition, as a country we are not training enough medical students or alternatively attracting enough doctors and nurses from abroad.

“The impact of this is that wards are frequently understaffed as vacant posts are left unfilled, and patients are ultimately put at greater risk.

“The Government need to go much further to ensure that our brilliant NHS staff are properly valued and that more of the next generation consider training as medical students.”

Doctors group warn NHS in Yorkshire is ‘underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched’

The NHS in Yorkshire is facing a staffing crisis which is putting patient safety at risk according to the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP), and Halifax MP Holly Lynch is...

Holly Lynch and her Shadow DEFRA colleagues have responded to the news from Brussels of a Brexit deal that will seriously let down the fishing industry and coastal communities.

Labour’s Shadow Fisheries Minister Holly Lynch MP said;

“Michael Gove and George Eustice have been promising the Fishing Industry that the UK would take back absolute control of our waters from day one of leaving the EU.

“We now know that the rest of the Government have been having very different conversations with the EU27 and it is understandable that fishing communities feel so angry and let down.

“This Government must now be clear about who is leading these negotiations on Fishing, Michael Gove or Theresa May, and be completely honest with the fishing industry about what this means for transition and beyond.”

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for DEFRA Sue Hayman will be in Brussels this week speaking to MEPs and officials about the detail for Fishing and Farming over the course of Brexit.

Labour have also launched a consultation and are asking the fishing industry to feed into it to help us keep the fishing industry’s concerns at the forefront of our scrutiny of the Government, as phase two of the negotiations gets underway.

Sue Hayman said;

“Any fisheries policy must be re-balanced to work for our coastal communities and Labour want to hear from fisher men and women about the best ways to make that happen. I will be in Brussels this week going through the practicalities in detail.”

Luke Pollard MP, Co-Chair of Labour Friends of Fishing added;

"Fishing communities across the UK have been given bold assurances by Ministers about what would happen to fishing on day one of any Brexit transition. It's clear that the big promises have not been matched by delivery. Fishing towns do not want grand promises but communities like the one I represent, now need honesty and clarity from this Government."

Labour’s statement responding to the latest news from Brussels on fishing over the weekend

Holly Lynch and her Shadow DEFRA colleagues have responded to the news from Brussels of a Brexit deal that will seriously let down the fishing industry and coastal communities. Labour’s...

When The Guardian ran the article ‘Halifax, the new Shoreditch of the North’ last weekend, a phrase coined by BBC 6 Music radio station, I couldn’t help but agree with former Barnsley MP and new CEO of UK Music Michael Dugher who tweeted ‘Maybe Shoreditch is the Halifax of the South!’

For anyone not familiar with Shoreditch, I’m reliably informed it’s a trendy part of London known for its fashionable bars and restaurants, artists, and a thriving live music scene. So whilst we are keen to be our own, proud northern town, it’s great to think we are firmly on the national map for all that we now have to offer. The selection of eating and drinking establishments has improved immensely over the last few years with a number of specialist craft beer bars and coffee outlets joining the varied selection of restaurants in the town. There’s also lots going on culturally in Halifax.

We’ve got a diverse array of museums, arts venues and performance spaces such as the Square Chapel, Victoria Theatre and the Artworks - which hosted a well-received Quentin Blake exhibition last year. Eureka has boasted it’s best year ever with record numbers through the doors.And the live music in our town is as good as it has been in decades. Halifax has previously played host to The Jacksons, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and The Kinks to name but a few. So it’s really exciting that venues like The Lantern and Grayston Unity are once again hosting packed live music events, and the Piece Hall is hosting a huge concert in May.

It is hard to keep up with the number of accolades and awards the Piece Hall has received since it reopened just 6 months ago, with visitor numbers rivalling some of the country’s top attractions. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Halifax last week was another great showcase for our town.I was very proud in Westminster last week to hear Sir Gary Verity brief MPs from across the region about the upcoming ‘Tour de Yorkshire’. He talked about how the final stage was going to be a platform to show off the stunning Piece Hall to the rest of the world, a day that we are very much looking forward to.

Calderdale Council deserve credit for their vision and role in this success. Since 2010 the Conservative Government have cut over £90m from their budget, however they have continued to invest where they can and fight to secure further investment from sources such as the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the National Lottery. Alongside the Piece Hall Trust and Welcome to Yorkshire they are great advocates of our area.With what’s left of council funding now mainly dedicated to funding care for the vulnerable, think what more we could have achieved as a town if the Government hadn’t slashed the money available for tackling litter, supporting music and the arts, and investing in regeneration.

Our area still faces many challenges and you only have to look at the former crown post office, the disused courts and the growing homelessness on the streets, to see how the Conservative approach of nearly a decade of cuts has failed us.However, there are a growing number of reasons to be positive about Halifax, making me prouder than ever, to represent our town in Westminster.

Halifax Courier Column - Proud to represent our town

When The Guardian ran the article ‘Halifax, the new Shoreditch of the North’ last weekend, a phrase coined by BBC 6 Music radio station, I couldn’t help but agree with...


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