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Ipswich and Colchester Hospital Trusts merger
The full business case for the merger will be discussed at an Extraordinary meeting of both Trust’s Boards on Thursday, March 29th. The meeting will be held in public at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich, from 2.30 p.m.
The merger is the only item on the agenda and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
If, as is expected, the merger is approved, it will be submitted to NHS Improvement, NHS England & the Dept. of Health and Social Care for Approval.
Please try to be there. Plans to merge services are controversial. If they don’t include proper investment in transport infrastructure and transport services, then they risk making it even harder – and more expensive – for people to get to their appointments, or to visit family in hospital.
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Suffolk County Council School transport cuts – ongoing campaign
There are issues with existing school transport – especially for over 16’s. Nonetheless, Suffolk County Council’s current policies do go above minimum legal requirements, “with around 2400 children and young people receiving free/subsided school or post-16 travel that we are not legally required to provide, and around 2400 children receiving free travel to schools further away than legally required. ” In an attempt to save money the Council is looking to change what it offers.
The Council’s consultation talked of making changes so that things are ‘in line with legal requirements ‘ – a form of words designed to sound as though it might be making things better, whereas in fact it will be making things worse! Some children may be forced to change schools. In future, families reliant on school buses won’t have the choices open to other children. Some schools may be come non-viable. The Council doesn’t seem to be thinking about the the wider educational and social consequences of proposed changes. CSNI LP thinks that fair and safe access to education should be a high priority.
The Consultation closed on 28 February but the campaigning continues…