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UPDATE - closure of local NHS services

In the past few weeks, Paul has been pursuing the local NHS about to cuts to community hospitals and Better Care Funds, which have been happening (at the ultimate behest of NHS England) ahead of the submission of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s so-called ‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’ to the Government this week.

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‘Cuts for everyone, except for them’ – Newcastle MP reveals top NHS pay in Commons debate

Yesterday, the debate on NHS ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ finally went ahead, on a Labour opposition motion, after being postponed last week. Sadly, deliberately rushed-out Government business truncated it to just three hours, as opposed to six.

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Cost-cutting driving latest NHS shake-up

In his latest column for the Sentinel, Paul addresses secrecy in the NHS and the problems being caused in our local health service as a result of government cutbacks.

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Newcastle MP slams Conservative bias over Council cuts

Labour MP Paul Farrelly has accused the government of blatant bias after it handed hundreds of millions of pounds to some of the wealthiest Conservative councils to ease the pain of spending cuts – but offered nothing to Labour-run local authorities like Newcastle and Stoke.

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MP slams government’s £30 billion ‘smash and grab’ on women’s pensions

Newcastle’s Labour MP, Paul Farrelly, has added his voice to the chorus of criticism over the government’s raid on women’s pensions, worth £30 billion to the Treasury’s coffers.

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Government abandons less well-off students with grants-to-loans, says Newcastle MP

?Government plans to abolish university grants for students from less well-off backgrounds have been condemned as ‘unfair and undemocratic’ by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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MP backs campaign for life-saving defibrillators in Newcastle

Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly has pledged his support for a fund-raising campaign to provide a network of life-saving heart defibrillators in the Borough.

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Communities facing isolation as bus routes are axed, MP warns

Transport chiefs at Staffordshire County Council have been accused of being “economical with the truth” after withdrawing the financial support needed to sustain ‘vital’ bus routes.

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Traffic chaos hindering town centre regeneration, Newcastle MP warns

New changes to parking enforcement across Staffordshire have been blamed for causing an increase in traffic chaos and threatening the regeneration of Newcastle town centre.

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Newcastle MP joins Parliamentary protest urging action over life-changing drug for Tia

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly today joined Tia Copsey, her father Tim and other parents and children outside Parliament to lobby the government to fund a drug that is proven to help people suffering from the rare genetic disorder, Morquio Syndrome.

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