MP Dunne must speak out on the hospital row and back fundraisers

It has been a curious week for Ludlow. No one could have predicted that a local spat over a donation over a £2,500 would have led to a national row that went viral on social media and was splashed across print media. Just about all the national broadcast stations have covered the story. I have seen reports on ITV, debates on BBC and LBC, and coverage in almost every national and regional newspaper.

It is time for Philip Dunne to speak. He should tell us whether he stands on fundraising and expression of gender in the NHS.

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Please don’t give Theresa May a mandate to continue swinging her wrecking ball at Britain

Why did May call the election? Because she wants to weaken the opposition by giving herself a sufficient majority to crush the opposition. May had for months steadfastly rebutted any suggestion that she would call a snap general election, before calling it just after Easter. She called this election because she is weak and she does not want to face the scrutiny of an effective opposition. And because she is not strong and stable enough to cope with the incredibly demanding task of being a prime minister.

Theresa May should be denied the majority she is seeking.

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The big Ludlow health and services debate is tomorrow at 7 o’clock – please join us

Tomorrow night at 7pm, we are expecting a huge crowd at Ludlow School for a public meeting on the future of health and council services in Ludlow and Shropshire.

The headline act is Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow and Health Minister in Theresa May’s government. Philip is due to speak first, after which he will take questions.

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MP Philip Dunne to join debate on local health facilities and services

Health service and council budgets are under unprecedented pressure. Ludlow Town Council and the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) will be hosting a public debate on 29 September on health and public services.

Health minister and Ludlow MP Philip Dunne will join a panel for a debate on the future of services in the south of the county. He’ll be joined by Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for rural services, and George Candler, the council’s director of place and enterprise.

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Welcome news as health minister Philip Dunne says Ludlow Community Hospital “will remain a hospital"

Last night, our local MP Philip Dunne, who is the new Health Minister, gave a categorical assurance that Ludlow Hospital will not close. He told a crowded meeting of the hospital League of Friends that the hospital “is going to remain a hospital”.

Speaking after Philip, David Evans from the Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed that closure is not an option:

“Ludlow is not under threat of closure. Let me be absolutely clear about that.”

David thought there could be more services offered from Ludlow Hospital and for it to become a health and wellbeing centre, as well as a community hospital. But he also made it clear that, in his personal view, we might lose the midwifery-led unit.

The news that the hospital looks set to survive is very welcome. But although we have a political and policy commitment to keep Ludlow Hospital but I am not yet convinced the story stacks up. We had that level of political commitment with the ill-fated Eco Park hospital project.

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