The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Watchdogs for local healthcare

Lib Dem Councillors put a series of searching questions about proposed changes to local Health Service provision when they were outlined at the Annual Meeting of the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The good news is that there will be healthcare provision at Welborne from an early stage.

But the model for healthcare, at Welborne and across the area, will change radically.

The familiar pattern of visits to GPs, nurses and other professionals at a group practice near your home will be replaced over time by a system which will involve much more telephone and online consultation rather than face-to-face contact.

In some cases patients will have a longer distance to travel to see a doctor or nurse.

Read more details at the CCG website https://www.farehamandgosportccg.nhs.uk

While it makes sense to make more use of the Fareham Community Hospital in Park Gate for consultations, Lib Dems pointed out that many of the people directed there will be elderly or disabled – the very people least able to travel a distance.

We urge that a new effort be made to provide a bus or taxi service to the hospital which will clearly see a big increase in patient numbers. Previous schemes failed because they were poorly publicised.

We believe better efforts must be made to ensure care packages are in place before elderly and frail people are discharged from hospital.

The risks in asking on-call GPs to deal with urgent treatment for people with multiple and long-term problems, without adequate briefing on their long-term condition, need to be addressed.

Safeguards must be put in place to ensure that email or video consultations are not allowed to take the place of examinations in cases where those are necessary.

We are exploring the idea of an additional one off social care tax in the county's share of the council tax and an end to fifteen minute carer visits.

Nationally, Lib Dems are calling for an end to the out-dated division in both funding and treatment between social care and health care.

And we say talk about parity of esteem for mental health locally and nationally should be backed by ring-fenced funding for it.

 

Helping our party to combat crime

Policy to combat crime suggested by “an ordinary leaflet-delivering member” (her words) of Fareham Lib Dems is being considered at the party's highest levels.

This week's Party Conference in Bournemouth debated the issue of gun and knife crime, and at the suggestion of Titchfield Lib Dem Jill Underwood, our local party submitted an amendment calling for the inclusion of measures to curb attacks with acids and other corrosive substances with have increased dramaticlly in recent years..

Our amendment was selected for debate, and Fareham Councillor Katrina Trott spoke forcefully on the issues raised by Jill.

We agreed, though, to withdraw our amendment for further consideration, on the advice of the mover of the main motion, former Southwark MP and Cabinet Minister Sir Simon Hughes (pictured with Katrina and Dawn Barnes from Haringay who summed up the debate).

Sir Simon suggested that the party's Federal Policy Committee should give further consideration to this and other new or developing crimes ( including crime committed by those on bicycles and mopeds).

Sir Simon told Katrina: “This would allow you to have put the issue on the agenda at this conference but to have full debate after considered policy deliberation at the next available conference opportunity.”

Katrina told the Conference: “Whenever I am asked why I am proud to be a Liberal Democrat, one of the reasons I give is that 'Ordinary' members are able to suggest and influence policies.”

Video of the debate, including Katrina's speech, can be seen here. (The Gun Crime debate starts at about 3h15m into the live stream of Tuesday morning's session).

 

Rodent and Mouse Removal Petition

Fareham Borough Council has recently decided to change it's policy on rodent and mouse removal. The service, which was previously free, will now cost £60 per treatment but will be free to households in receipt of benefits.
 
We believe this decision creates an unnecessary public health risk. It is not justifiable to ignore the predictable unintended consequences: incorrectly treated or untreated infestations and risk of harm to other animals including peoples' pets.The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Professionals' policy statement since 2011 is that charging for controlling rats and mice is not in accordance with councils' duties under the 1949 Pest Control Act. This service is not currently free as some Conservatives have implied, it is paid for out of our council tax which was just increased again by the maximum allowed without a referendum. The council retains a duty to deal with rats and mice on our own land and they do not respect property boundaries. Residents who aren't exempted because they are in receipt of certain benefits like Employment Support Allowance may nevertheless be on low incomes and face significant financial stress if faced with an unexpected expense of £60.
 
We have started a petition and are hoping to gather a large number of signatures to present to the council. If you can help, please print out a copy of the pest control petition and gather some signatures; they will need to be Fareham residents to count. Please return completed petitions to: 27 Shearwater Avenue, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 8YE

 

Stubbington: Bells Lane parking survey

Many residents say driving in Bells Lane between Stubbington Lane and Angelus Close is becoming hazardous because of parked cars.

Some have asked for Funds for yellow lines to be installed, but funds for these have been severely cut, and in any case restrictions might increase pressure on the already scarce parking in the village.

Others have suggested “green” parking on the other side of the road - perforated concrete like that in the car park outside Crofton Court, which allows grass to grow through it and preserve the look of the Recreation Ground. Let us know your views so that we can put forward suggestions which suit as many road users as possible.

Follow this link to take part in our survey.

When cars are parked here, vision is restricted

Matthew speaks for Fareham

Our thanks to Matthew Winnington, who once again proved an excellent candidate in the recent General Election,which saw an increased number of Lib Dem MPs nationally, and an improvement in our standing locally. With the country rightly rejecting the Tories' arrogant and unnecessary demand for an increased majority, another election may not be far away. Matthew remains our Parliamentary spokesman. Below is the message he put to Fareham voters.  
Download Matt's election address below: 
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