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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. 

 

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Cambridge MP says that Carillion liquidation shows the risks of privatising public services

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... Read more

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.'"

Daniel Zeichner MP brands government treatment of NHS "a national betrayal"

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. 

Cambridge MP welcomes St Philip's decision not to academise

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... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will slam the Government's continued pursuit to academise local primary schools in a special debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday The debate, 'Academisation of primary schools in Cambridge' will be held in the Commons chamber on Wednesday 10th January around 19:00 on the same day as a meeting on St Philip's CofE Primary School in Romsey to decide its future. Local parents and members of the community have been campaigning against the academisation of their school.

In the debate, Mr Zeichner will highlight the lack of both transparency and accountability of academy trusts, and the academisation process itself. He will say "A school isn't a business - it isn't privately owned, not yet anyway - it is a key part of the fabric of the local community and we all know that schools do better when they are a part of their community, with close parental involvement." He will demand that parents have influence over the future of their children's education, and that the academisation process is made more transparent. 

Section 5 of the Academies Act 2010 states that if a governing body chooses to apply for academy conversion, they 'must consult such persons as they think appropriate about whether the conversion should take place.' This means that the board could consider if not necessary (and would have no legal obligation) to consult parents, staff or the local community over the change. 

Daniel Zeichner will criticise Multi-Academy Trusts for lack of democratic accountability, as these trusts run schools with public money. Mr Zeichner will challenge the Government on why there is no councillor representation on academy trust boars nor in most cases parents or staff representatives, which he argues would ensure better local democratic accountability. 

He will also comment on the lack of transparency surrounding academy practice and the way in which the Government allows them to diverge from standards maintained by local authority schools. He will ask, "Academies have different rules to local authority-supported schools, so let's work out how different they are. I ask the Minister now, how many unqualified teachers are there in each MAT in my constituency? How have terms and conditions changed, and what impact has that had on pupils' education? If the Minister cannot answer these questions? why not? Who can? And why are parents being kept in the dark?

Mr Zeichner says: "The division of resources between academy trusts creates competition, but with it comes fragmentation. To improve real collaboration between schools, we need to join up some of these trusts, and improve representation on the boards with parent governors, councillors, and staff representatives. We need to move from academisation for its own sake back to focus on the true purposes of education, not competition and self-promotion."

Cambridge MP to tell Minister - hands off our schools

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will slam the Government's continued pursuit to academise local primary schools in a special debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday The debate, 'Academisation...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, speaking in a Parliamentary debate today has criticised the way that the Government's franchised rail system leads to poor outcomes for passengers, with endless layers of cost and complexity. He slammed the Conservatives for replacing British Rail with Anything-but-British Rail, and questioned the value of the now mainly foreign-owner Train Operating Companies. He quoted today's report from the National Audit Office which concluded that the Great Northern franchise which runs trains between Cambridge and London King's Cross 'has not delivered value for money.'

Cambridge MP calls time on TOCs and rip-off rail

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, speaking in a Parliamentary debate today has criticised the way that the Government's franchised rail system leads to poor outcomes for passengers, with endless layers... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow attend a Duke of Edinburgh award ceremony at The Performance Hall, Comberton Sports and Arts. During the ceremony, around 30 awardees from the Cambridgeshire Local Authority and voluntary groups will receive their Gold Award i front of an audience of around 200 people. 

Cambridge MP to attend local Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Ceremony

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, will tomorrow attend a Duke of Edinburgh award ceremony at The Performance Hall, Comberton Sports and Arts. During the ceremony, around 30 awardees from the... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised Government plans to introduce means testing for free school meals for families on Universal Credit after research by the Children's Society revealed that this could result in 10,000 Cambridgeshire children missing out on free school meals. 

Cambridge MP angered by the prospect of thousands of Cambridgeshire children going hungry at school

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has criticised Government plans to introduce means testing for free school meals for families on Universal Credit after research by the Children's Society revealed that... Read more

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today welcomed the announcement by London Stansted Airport that planes will start flying from the airport to Dubai in June 2018. 

Emirates has announced that it will launch its daily route to Dubai from Stansted, allowing better, faster and easier connections access from Cambridge's thriving hubs of tech and life sciences to the east of the globe. The 777 service will also enable business and leisure passengers in Cambridge to connect through Dubai to 154 destinations across the globe. 

Daniel comments, "Stansted Airport is a fantastic resource for Cambridge, and is much easier to access from the East of England than other London airports, so the announcement of daily flights to Dubai is great news for those who live and work in Cambridge. Cambridge is already an international knowledge centre, but this development will provide all those who work internationally with a global gateway on their doorstep."

Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will make the journey daily, from Cambridge to Dubai, one of the world's major hubs. From Dubai there are many daily connections to Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Mumbai, Australia and many other key global powers and markets. 

Cambridge MP welcomes Stansted announcement of new route to Dubai

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has today welcomed the announcement by London Stansted Airport that planes will start flying from the airport to Dubai in June 2018.  Emirates has announced...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to yesterday's Local Government announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP with criticism after local authorities were told that they can increase spending to tackle mounting pressures on public services, without additional funding from central government. 

Mr Javid announced that local authorities will be able to increase core council tax rates by an additional 1% from April 2018 to 2.99% without being required to hold a local referendum. In addition to this, local authorities can also increase council tax bills by a further 3% in order to direct additional funding to social care provisions. 

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge said in response to the announcement: "with no additional money in the Budget last month to tackle the crisis in social care, and no money in this settlement to pay for a much-needed increase in public-sector pay, the Government is passing the buck and leaving Councils in the lurch.

Council tax will inevitably have to rise and householders will rightly be left wondering why the Government makes them pay more while at the same time giving tax breaks to the already super-rich.

This announcement is not the Merry Christmas message that Councils would have been hoping for."

Cambridge MP says Local Government Funding Settlement is simply 'passing the buck' onto our Councils

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, has responded to yesterday's Local Government announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP with criticism after local authorities were told that they can increase spending...

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge has today urged Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the government, to support the vital research that is carried out by leading medical charities in the UK, many based in and around Cambridge. 

The Charity Research Support Fund, or CRSF, is part of the government's block funding to universities and allows for indirect costs; this permits researchers who are funded by medical research charities to recover a greater portion of their costs. This means that money donated by the public can go straight to funding research to ultimately benefit patients. 

He told the Commons "Medical research charities play a key role in developing new medical treatments, yet the Charity Research Support Fund, which enables universities to unlock funding from the charity sector, has been frozen since 2010. Will the Secretary of State heed the call from the Association of Medical Research Charities to enhance the CRSF in real terms, in line with inflation and with charity investment?"

Cambridge MP urges Jeremy Hunt to back Charity Medical Research Funding

Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge has today urged Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the government, to support the vital research that is carried out by leading medical charities in the...

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