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

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."

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."

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