Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today's announcement that Carillion will be liquidating with criticism of the Government's policy of relying too much on private companies in the delivery of public services.
Over the weekend the Government and Carillion held a series of crisis meetings to try and prevent the collapse of the company, however it was announced this morning that they would be going into liquidation putting the delivery of a number of high profile contracts into question.
Mr Zeichner says: "It is regrettable to hear of the liquidation of Carillion this morning. The Government needs to move quickly to reassure those 20,000 employees that they will get paid and that their pensions will be protected. There also needs to be a full investigation into why Carillion continued to be awarded Government contracts, despite obvious warning signs that the company was in trouble."
"Carillion held a number of contracts across Cambridgeshire and I will be working with local authorities to ensure that public services are delivered, contracts are honoured and jobs are protected."
"Another vital question to ask, ask how the Government got itself into a situation where it is needing to step in and reassure parents that their children will be fed at schools today because of the liquidation of a construction company? This is the risk of privatising the delivery of public services and the Government must learn lessons from this."
Carillion states that they employ 44,000 people globally, with 20,000 in the UK. In the last year, the company has reported three profit warnings however continued to receive Government contracts to deliver public services. In Cambridgeshire, Carillion is one of the companies delivering the upgrade of the A14 from Cambridge to Huntingdon, as well as the Chisholm Trail Bridge.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to today's announcement that Carillion will be liquidating with criticism of the Government's policy of relying too much on private companies in the...
The letter sent to the Prime Minister by senior A&E specialists, including doctors from Addenbrookes, outlining the plight of the NHS and its chronic underfunding "shows the government's lack of investment in health is a national betrayal" says Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.
He says: "The staff in our NHS are dedicated, professional and doing a brilliant job, but they are being put in an impossible position. The system has insufficient capacity and is at breaking point. The time has long passed for a significant injection of extra resource to keep the NHS caring for the nation, as Labour has done in the past."
"We pay our taxes so that they can be used to build a society which keeps us all safe and healthy - it is a national betrayal that the Conservative government are refusing to preserve and maintain our greatest national treasure, the NHS"
As in the rest of the country, the local NHS is at breaking point. Figures provided by Cambridge University Hospitals show that on Saturday 30th December A&E attendance figures reached 348, which was close to the all-time record on 16 October of 390 patients. Bed occupancy was close to 100 per cent all week, as it has been most of the winter. The number of outpatients in September 2017 was 30% higher than in September 2012.
Like many other Trust across the country and according to national recommendations, Cambridge University Hospitals cancelled all non-urgent elective adult inpatient surgery until the end of January. They report that many staff put their holidays on hold over Christmas and New Year to help treat patients.
The letter, reported in The Guardian yesterday, tells the Prime Minister that the "current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff." It goes on to report that there are "insufficient [numbers of] hospital and community beds and staff of all disciplines especially at the front door to cope with out ageing population's health needs."
The doctors report their personal experiences, including nightmarish situations such as "Over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely."
Mr Zeichner says "The NHS clearly warned the Prime Minister that more money was needed - she ignored that advice, and the consequences are now clear. It is astonishing and depressing that we now regularly hear clinicians talking about 'avoidable deaths.'"
The letter sent to the Prime Minister by senior A&E specialists, including doctors from Addenbrookes, outlining the plight of the NHS and its chronic underfunding "shows the government's lack of...
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the decision announced today to allow St Philip's CofE Aided Primary School to remain a local authority supported institution. This decision to not academise the school comes after months of parent protest, and a parliamentary debate this week in which Mr Zeichner blasted the academisation consultation and process.
He said: "I am delighted to hear that parents and the local community were listened to on this very important decision for the school, and for Romsey. I congratulate local parents and the National Education Union on their efforts to make their voices heard."
The debate that I led on Wednesday in Parliament was about the need for academisation processes to be more accountable and transparent. We still have a long way to go on this, but I am pleased that on this occasion, the board could not ignore the clear will of the school's community."
In Wednesday's debate, My Zeichner accused Multi-Academy Trusts of a lack of democratic accountability, as these trusts run schools with public money. He told House:
"There must be something wrong with a process whereby parents, staff and the local community feel that they are just being informed about significant changes to a key local institution, but not involved in any meaningful way. They feel that it is being done to them, not with them. Schools are not businesses and are not privately owned - not yet, anyway. Schools are a key part of the fabric of our local communities, and we all know that they do better when they are a part of their community, with close parental involvement."
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has welcomed the decision announced today to allow St Philip's CofE Aided Primary School to remain a local authority supported institution. This decision to not...