Leader admits Burntwood is “overdue a bit of lobbying” on healthcare provision

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has admitted that the area is “overdue a bit of lobbying” over healthcare provision.

Residents have seen plans for a new healthcare centre at Greenwood House stall, while the current health and wellbeing centre at Burntwood Leisure Centre is not likely to be replaced.

Helen FisherNew town council leader, Cllr Helen Fisher, said she was committed to making strong representations on the issue.

“We are overdue a bit of lobbying on this,” she said. “I will get together with the opposition and draft something so we can lobby the relevant bodies.”

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Diane Evans

Cllr Fisher’s comments came after Labour opposition group leader Cllr Diane Evans called for action.

“There has been no progress on the issue of healthcare – and this isn’t just about Greenwood House,” Cllr Evans said.

“There needs to be a commitment to adequate healthcare provision, as it is sadly lacking in Burntwood.

“I hope we will get assurances on this.”

Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for health, has previously warned that budget constraints meant a new heatlh centre may not be on the agenda for some time.

“I don’t dispute the need for a new health centre, but the money is not there.

“I am regularly having conversations with NHS England about Burntwood and have reminded them about their obligations to the people of the town.”

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3 Comments

  1. AgitatorofPeople

    20th May, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    “Cllr Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for health, has previously warned that budget constraints meant a new heatlh centre may not be on the agenda for some time.”

    Yet Staffordshire CC are capable of finding the way to raise £3.5 Million pounds to build a Saxon Warrior statue on the M6. This is what happens when you have a majority Conservative council running amok with public services.

  2. Alan White

    20th May, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    It is simply not the case that Staffordshire County Council is funding the Saxon Warrior project by the M6, and it has no plans to do so. Stoke City Council have revived the idea, and this was reported in the Stoke Sentinel on 12 Mar 16.

    http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/80ft-statue-Stoke-Trent-s-Angel-North/story-28907314-detail/story.html

    We are committed to continue working with the NHS to find ways of funding improvements to primary health care in Burntwood.

  3. AgitatorofPeople

    21st May, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Councillor Alan White, it would certainly appear in this case that “Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity” how is poor health provision a boost to the local well being and economy of Burntwood? your off the cuff statement that you are “Committed” is a weak and overused Tory soundbite. The people of Burntwood deserve far better than this.

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