Stephen McPartland MP
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in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, said, "It is really exciting to be here today and start breaking ground with the builders. It has been a real journey from meeting with Ministers to secure the money to now, the point where the work starts on building our new Accident and Emergency at the Lister Hospital. This project costs £19million and is one of eleven we are undertaking as part of a massive investment in our local hospital."

Stephen added, "We are very lucky the Lister is already a centre of excellence, and I am proud of the staff who save liveson a day-to-day basis. This development has been made in consultation with the staff and patients to ensure we continue to provide the best health care possible to our local community. I am proud of the NHS and proud of the £250 million infrastructure investment that I have secured from the government for our local hospital, schools, housing and jobs."

Stephen commented on his experience at this year's Stevenage Day, "Stevenage Day is always great fun and my favourite part is all the smiling faces as everyone gets caught up and takes part.

"It is a great advertisement for Stevenage as hundreds of volunteers run community stalls and thousands of local people visit them."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "I would like to congratulate the students, staff and parents who have made these results possible. The students should be proud of their achievements, enjoy a few more weeks of summer and look forward to an exciting future full of opportunity".

Local MP Stephen McPartland paid a visit to Cash Converters in Stevenage to find out more about the credit alternatives offered and the protections in place for vulnerable consumers, particularly those with the lowest incomes.

Stephen said, "It was great to meet the team behind the store and understand the full suite of services and products on offer.

Stephen added, “I was very impressed by the transparency of services on offer and their commitment to responsible lending so everyone, from the small trader with cash flow problems to the most vulnerable in our community have access to credit."

MP Stephen McPartland visited the local pharmacy in The Poplars, Stevenage to try out first-hand the asthma check-up service being offered by Lloydspharmacy to help sufferers manage their condition better. Backed by the charity Asthma UK, the hope is that by offering the asthma control test, inhaler technique check and providing expert advice, most people should see a noticeable difference within four weeks.

Speaking about the visit, Stephen said, "It was a very interesting opportunity to discuss the various initiatives currently being run. Pharmacists have the potential to play a very prominent role in promoting the health of the nation and I was particularly interested to talk to staff about how this translates into day-to-day activity, such as the asthma check.”

Stephen added, “Initiatives such as this mean that people can monitor their asthma more closely and hopefully avoid hospital admissions and take part in the great British summer of activities we have around the Olympics.”

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Asthma.

The Local Medical Council have advised GP's to think twice before they refer their patients to the Surgicentre due to safety concerns.

Stephen McPartland. Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented,"I am not surprised by the Local Medical Council decision, but I would like to reassure local people that the quality of care from the staff is first class. The problem is accessing the treatments and follow up appointments as ClinicentaCarillion have demonstrated they are just not up to the job.

I will continue working with the Local Health Service, Primary Care Trust, Care Quality Commission and Ministers to ensure my constituents get access to the best care."

Bradley Clarkson who was selected from thousands to appear in ITV’s talent contest, Grease is the Word, was joined by Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, to launch Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event, Memory Walk which will take place on Sunday 16th September at Fairlands Valley Park.

Stephen said, "I’m pleased to be able to join Bradley and the staff and volunteers at Alzheimer’s Society today to launch Memory Walk. Dementia touches so many of us, it’s important that we do what we can to raise awareness of the condition and join the fight against it."

Local people were excited at the chance to hold not just one but two Olympic torches at the Glebe neighbourhood shops in the Chells area of Stevenage.  Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage,joined the torch-holders, Misha Patel and Gary Bilbrough pictured here with him along with store owner Kishor Patel.

Stephen said, "I was proud that Stevenage was chosen as part of the route for the Olympic torch and many people went to see it go through. I would like to thank Misha and Gary for giving up their time to come to Stevenage and give local people the opportunity to see first-hand and have their picture taken holding the Olympic torch.  It is another demonstration of community spirit and I congratulate Kishor on his great idea and for organising it so well."

The Stevenage Lytton Players had an amazing public response to the free concerts they put on to raise awareness of the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at at the Lister hospital being spearheaded by Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage. The concerts were the idea of Stevenage Lytton Player member Sharon Curtis who had experienced firsthand the difficulty of travelling to Mount Vernon when her mother had to undergo radiotherapy treatment.

Stephen said, “Since I launched the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit to be based at the Lister hospital the response from the public has been amazing. When Stevenage Lytton Players stepped forward to help increase the awareness - I was delighted to accept their kind offer. The free concerts were a massive success and £560 was raised on a raffle which they kindly split between Macmillan and Marie Curie Cancer charities. We all enjoyed the shows and I would like to thank Sharon Curtis and the performers for the community spirit they displayed."

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