Stephen McPartland MP
Working hard for you
in Stevenage, Knebworth, Codicote, Datchworth and Aston

The service provided to patients and their families by the ClinicentaCarillion owned Surgicentre is just not good enough. The catalogue of complaints surrounding the Surgicentre continue to increase and my constituents continue to find it difficult to get appointments and then they are often cancelled at short notice. Even though ClinicentaCarillion are receiving less referrals than they expected, they are still only managing to treat about 50% within 18 weeks. Patients should be treated within the rights outlined in the NHS constitution and some of my constituents are being offered treatment in other units because their wait is so long.

It is public knowledge that I organised a meeting with other Members of Parliament and summoned ClinicentaCarillion to Parliament to explain themselves. The Care Quality Commission have also investigated their services and found they failed on four out of five of their standards. Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust have also intervened on several occasions and without their support it would have been even worse.

It is clear that the shared pathway process, which was implemented by the previous government, is deeply flawed and must be reformed. Under the previous government any willing company could provide services, but we have changed the law so only qualified companies can provide services. ClinicentaCarillion may have been willing, but they certainly are not qualified and this is why we are in this situation.

I also met with the Minister of State for Health and his civil servants to explain the situation. I made it clear that time has run out for ClinicentaCarillion and they should not be involved in managing the Surgicentre. They have failed and I will not accept or allow them to fail my constituents - their time has run out.

Pupils from Franklin House at Thomas Alleyne school in Stevenage organised a fun-day to raise money to fund the education of three “friends” at a school in West Africa, as part of the Send My Friend to School campaign for primary education for every child in the world. They also presented local Member of Parliament, Stephen McPartland, with a petition during his recent visit to the school.

Stephen said, "A good education is the only real route out of poverty for most people around the world, including at home here in the UK. I raised the importance of access to Education in my very first speech in Parliament and am proud of the pupils at Thomas Alleyne for making a real difference to the life chances of other children. I will give the petition to the Secretary of State for International Development and let the pupils have a copy of his response."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, spoke at the opening of the Armed Forces Day event in the Stevenage Indoor Market on Saturday, and also met with many of the individuals representing different branches of the armed services.

Stephen said “I was proud to take part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations hosted in the Stevenage Indoor Market and was honoured to be given the opportunity to speak at the opening of the event by the Market traders. It was a fantastic day which celebrated the commitment from our community to the Armed Forces and I enjoyed meeting everyone, from cadets to a Dunkirk veteran who served on the beaches as a nurse.

Chatting to her, war widows and veterans made me proud that I voted with the government to introduce the Military Covenant into law, which means that as we ask our Armed Forces and their families to make the ultimate sacrifice, we will take care of them and their families when they come home."

Action taken by Stephen McPartland Member of Parliament for Stevenage has ensured that the canopy over the Well in the Shephall Green conservation area will be retained and repaired as soon as possible. Stephen was called in by shocked residents after Stevenage Borough Council threatened to remove the canopy and damage the character of the Green which is highly valued by local people.

Stephen said, "Many local people enjoy the open space and trees of Shephall Green, with the Well and its plaque and canopy adding to the character of the area. I am always ready to take action and am pleased we have forced a commitment from Stevenage Borough Council that it will  now retain the Well canopy and undertake the necessary repairs as soon as possible.  Shephall Green is a conservation area and part of the history of Stevenage and there is a strong local feeling that the character and appearance should be protected so that future generations may also enjoy the Green."

 

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, welcomed the latest freeze on Fuel Duty.

Stephen said, "The government has now frozen Fuel Duty for two years.  This is good news for families, businesses and other motorists coping with tight finances. I met with the Chancellor recently and explained how families needed help with the cost of living and urged him to postpone the fuel duty increase. I am delighted he listened and by taking action on fuel pump prices, freezing council tax and cutting income tax for millions of people, we are providing real help to local people with the cost of living.

Stephen added, "Combined with the massive £280 million government infrastructure investment I have secured for our hospital, schools, housing and jobs is providing a major boost for our local economy."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was able to try first-hand what is involved to maintain the grounds for schools in Stevenage and the surrounding villages.  Aston-based family firm Frank Cooper and Son are responsible for the grounds maintenance at many of the schools, including Ashtree Primary School where Stephen and some of the pupils were able to examine a range of machinery at close hand.

Stephen said, "It was a fantastic experience to be given the opportunity to try out the different equipment and meet the team. It is a great company which takes massive pride in their work and builds fantastic relationships with the local community."

I was delighted to welcome the Queen to Stevenage as part of her Jubilee tour and to have the opportunity to meet her.  I was very proud that the new maternity unit at the Lister hospital was opened by the Queen as it is one of many projects the government is funding to transform our hospital into one of the most advanced and modern facilities in the UK.

It was a great day, with brilliant sunshine, and thousands of local people and hospital staff were there to see the Queen and celebrate the achievements in our town.

Stephen McPartland
Member of Parliament for Stevenage

Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage has given his support to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)’s Save Our Sight campaign.

Stephen said, “I am pleased to support this campaign to improve early diagnosis for people who are at risk of losing their sight. Local people are able to have vital treatment at the Lister hospital which is already a centre of clinical excellence and benefiting from further investment which I have secured from the Government.”

Stephen added, “50% of sight loss is avoidable and I welcome the RNIB’s new eye health campaign “Save Our Sight” which highlights the importance of regular eye checks so we can get local people quick access to vital treatment and prevent unnecessary sight loss.”

Stephen is pictured with Steve Winyard of the RNIB.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said “I am still concerned about the large numbers of local people contacting me about their experience of the ClinicentaCarillion owned Surgicentre.

"It is public knowledge that I organised a meeting of Members of Parliament and summoned ClinicentaCarillion to Parliament to explain the variety of difficulties local people are encountering in accessing their services. It is clear that the shared pathway process, which was implemented by the previous Government, is deeply flawed and in urgent need of reform.

"I will continue working with the Care Quality Commission and Primary Care Trust to improve this service, but time is running out for ClinicentaCarillion. I will be meeting with Health Ministers shortly to raise my continuing concerns and identify a new way forward for this service, which puts patients first."

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