EDDC CEO Mark Williams at loggerheads with Cranbrook Town Council

Unfortunately, the photographs of the correspondence do not copy well, so go to the Cranbrook Town Council website to read (Owl has taken poor but hopefully legible on this site copies should they disappear)

https://www.facebook.com/cranbrooktowncouncil/
Post dated 18 September 2019 at 14.26

A taster …

Council letter

Williams letter:

Battle lines drawn!

BREAKING NEWS: “GP provider abandons Cranbrook Medical Centre”

And this in a town which has got grants to become a “Healthy New Town”!

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“Hundreds of residents could be without GPs if a new provider is not found for Cranbrook Medical Centre by March next year.

Access Health Care (AHC) has revealed it will not be extending its contract which is due to expire in March 2020.

The firm, which operates from the Younghayes Centre, has cited staff recruitment and retention and Cranbrook’s location as reasons to pull the plug on operations.

The medical centre has experienced low patient numbers, adding to AHC’s burgeoning financial pressures.

NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning, paying for and monitoring GP practices in Devon, said its priority is to make sure that the population of Cranbrook continues to have access to a full range of GP services and care.

Mark Procter, director of primary care at the CCG, said: “We have a number of options to explore and are committed to finding the right solution for Cranbrook.

“All services continue at Cranbrook Medical Centre and patients should attend appointments as normal.

“We are writing to patients with further information this week and will keep them up to date with developments.”

Three drop-in sessions have been arranged at the centre so the CCG can hear people’s views on the process.

The first two will be held on Tuesday, October 15, from 10am to noon, and 2pm to 4pm.

The third will be staged on Wednesday, October 16, from 6pm to 8pm.

Mr Proctor said: “In the meantime, please be reassured that there is no need for you to take any action and all appointments and services continue as normal at Cranbrook Medical Centre.”

https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/gp-provider-abandons-cranbrook-medical-centre-1-6278291

Should our Local Enterprise Partnership have all our eggs in the Hinkley C broken basket!

This writer in The Times thinks not! Is our LEP fit for purpose if it goes along with EDF with no scrutiny?

“EDF, the French electricity company, has insisted that its nuclear reactors are safe, despite admitting that six contained components that fail to meet industry standards.

EDF, which is leading the project to build Britain’s new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, also conceded that sub-standard parts had been found in a new-generation reactor under construction in Normandy.

The reactor, at Flamanville, which is of the same kind as those planned for Hinkley Point, has been beset by flaws and cost-overruns and will not open until 2022 at the earliest, a decade behind its initial schedule. EDF declined to say whether the latest problem would delay the launch still further.

The company revealed last week that some welds on steam generators made in a factory in Saint-Marcel in central France had been found to suffer from a “a deviation from technical standards governing the manufacture of nuclear-reactor components”. In a statement yesterday, it said that sixteen of the affected generators had been installed in six reactors — two at Blayais near Bordeaux and in others at Dampierre-en-Burly and Bugey in central France, Fessenheim in eastern France and Paluel in the north of the country.

Régis Clement, deputy head of EDF’s nuclear fleet, said: “None of this parts present a risk in terms . . . of the safety of the reactors. We are confident,” he said. EDF said in a statement that “no immediate action” was necessary, although the final decision on whether to shut down reactors for repairs lies with the Nuclear Safety Authority. The watchdog has a track record of demanding repairs that EDF deems unnecessary.

EDF added that sub-standard welds also had been found on four of the steam generators installed in the reactor in Flamanville, along with three steam generators earmarked for a new plant at Gravelines, near Dunkirk. All the steam generators were made in the Saint-Marcel factory, which is owned by Framatome, controlled by EDF.

This is not the first time that welds at Flamanville have been called into question. This summer, the watchdog ordered EDF to mend eight separate welds found to have faults before the plant could come into service.”

Source: Times (pay wall)

“Nearly Half Of Working Renters ‘One Pay Cheque Away From Losing Home’ “

“Nearly half of working private renters in England could not afford their rent for more than a month if they lost their job, Shelter has found.

Some 45% of people surveyed for the charity said they would be in this position.

Shelter said that if the findings were projected across the country nearly three million private renters could be just one pay cheque away from losing their home.

Among working families with children, the charity found 60% could be just one pay cheque away from losing their home.

With current political and economic uncertainty, the charity is urging all political parties to ensure social housebuilding is at the centre of any domestic agenda.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “Millions of working people are now caught in an endless cycle of paying grossly expensive private rents they can barely afford – with all the insecurity that brings. …”

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nearly-half-of-working-renters-one-pay-cheque-away-from-losing-home_uk_5d8230bbe4b070d468c5094a?guccounter=1