New GP contracts
Last week the British Medical Association and the Government agreed a set of changes to the GP contract that will deliver real benefits to patients across Blackpool.
The deal will cut unnecessary targets, reduce bureaucracy and enable doctors to use newly freed-up resources to provide additional services to patients, including a scheme that will help to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospitals as winter begins to bite.
As a GP I will find the reduction in needless box ticking will be a real boost to the time I can spend with patients.
Doctors have to be given time to spend with their patients and not be forced to chase politically driven targets.
Local GP practices still have many challenges to face, especially as many will still have to cope with rising patient demand and falling resources.
However, the new GP contract represents a real opportunity for GPs and patients to work together, free from pointless administration, to get services right for patients in Blackpool.
British Medical Association
Lancashire GP and BMA Representative for Lancashire and Cumbria Wrea Green housing
I wish to respond to comments made at the recent meeting of the Fylde Council development management committee.
Fifteen new homes have recently been built in the centre of Wrea Green and outline planning permission granted for 54 at Richmond Avenue which, together, add more than 10 per cent to the existing housing stock in the village.
Further development is clearly not sustainable.
I would suggest if more developments are approved, they will have the effect of ruining this, our unique and cherished countryside and the whole of the Fylde will end up being overwhelmed by blocks of flats earning Fylde Council a massive income from council tax bands E and F.
Much of this would no doubt be spent on landscaping urban areas to the virtual exclusion of the rest of the borough.
Although the chairman of the committee was at pains to point out to the speakers the necessity to keep their speeches non-political, which they unfailingly did, it is to be hoped that, come the next round of local elections, the voters will not forget the clique of Tory councillors who, invariably voting on party lines, oppose the sensible non-partisan views of the Independents.
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Kindness of readers
Felix the young cat at Cat Rescue wants to thank The Gazette and its readers.
After a photo was printed, he has got a great home where we hope he and his forever new owners have many many happy years together.
While he was happy with us it isn’t the same as being in a home sitting on people’s laps and having space to run around.
Other readers who were saddened by his plight but couldn’t offer him a home as they already have a cat sent him toys and food.
The kindness of readers is always touching.
Many thanks to you all.
St Annes Cat Rescue
Concern for wildlife
RSPCA needs your help
It’s clear that J. Welsby (Letters, October 31) has a great concern for wildlife, as we here at the RSPCA do.
I would like to re-assure him that the RSPCA does not encourage members of the public to put themselves in any kind of risk in helping injured wildlife, and to stress that we ask for their help only where it is safe for them to do so.
This can be the fastest way of getting relief to a suffering animal and we are very grateful when it is possible.
Of course J. Welsby is right, each situation is different and specific advice on the best course of action would be given to them if they call us on the RSPCA’s 0300 1234 999 number.
Handling a sick or injured blackbird is very different from handling a swan, for example.
We do not request help from the public in dealing with sick or injured badgers, deer, seals or large wild birds like swans, herons or large birds of prey.
Often vets will treat wildlife for free but if the vet does ask for payment members of the public just need to ask them to call the RSPCA Vetline.
They will have the number.
As much as we would love to be able to increase the number of RSPCA officers we have, sadly it just isn’t possible in the current economic climate.
This means that where animal lovers are able to assist injured wildlife in getting the care they need, we do welcome it.
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