Find out how unfair Tory cuts to English councils are affecting Wirral Council

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George Osborne: does anyone believe

In the last 5 years of a Tory Government…

MERSEY FIRE & RESCUE BUDGET CUT BY£26.3m

300 FIREFIGHTER POSTS LOST (31pc)

136 SUPPORT POSTS LOST (29pc)

RESPONSE TIMES INCREASED

FIRE DEATHS DOUBLED

Wallasey fire station faces closure because Tory government cuts grant for Mersey fire service by 50%.

£11m FUNDING CUT FOR MERSEY FIRE & RESCUE.

FIRE CHIEF: CUT IN FIRE STATIONS & APPLIANCES INEVITABLE

6 OUT OF 24 FIRE STATIONS AT RISK, INCLUDING WALLASEY

Under the Tories: by 2020/21 we are likely to suffer “the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share of GDP in any period since 1951”

The Tories say NHS spending is growing, which it is – but more slowly than the economy is growing. So, under the Tories, the proportion of our national income spent on the NHS is F

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Health spending graph

SOURCE KINGS FUND

Tory England: All of these countries spend a greater proportion of their national income on healthcare than we do…

UNITED STATES

NETHERLANDS

SWITZERLAND

SWEDEN

GERMANY

FRANCE

DENMARK

JAPAN

BELGIUM

CANADA

AUSTRIA

NEW ZEALAND

GREECE

PORTUGAL NORWAY

SPAIN

ITALY

ICELAND

AUSTRALIA

SLOVENIA

FINLAND

SOURCE KINGS FUND

Ex Tory health minister: New contract for junior doctors will put patients in danger.

Dan Poulter, a former junior doctor and, until last year, a Tory Health Minister has spoken out against the new contract the Department of Health is planning for junior doctors. Intended to cut pay and reduce working conditions he says it will risk undermining patient care.

The new junior doctors’ contract is unfair, archaic and discriminates against women

Arrowe Park criticised following inspection

More evidence of how the NHS is struggling to cope under the Tories.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which monitors standards of performance, carried out an inspection at Arrowe Park in May, after receiving reports of concern about some areas of the hospital. The CQC has now published its report.  The main conclusions are that the hospital must ensure that it has sufficient staff, with suitable qualifications and experience on duty at all times and that all procedures to ensure safe care are properly carried out.

You can read a copy of the report summary here (where you will also be able to read the full report if you want).

There is also a reasonable summary in the Wirral Globe which has also published an editorial supporting the  hospital as a beacon of excellence but criticising the senior management. Remarkably, however, it doesn’t however attribute any responsibility for the problems Arrowe Park is experiencing to the Government’s health policies and the financial pressures they are piling onto hospitals and community services.

In face of Tory cuts Council sets up £900,000 fund to help families in crisis.

“The withdrawal of Government funding to help families in financial trouble has left a growing number of people in Wirral in desperate need”

Tories cut funds for Wirral school nurses, health checks.

The Government has cut almost almost £2.5m from funding for Wirral’s community health work, threatening NHS community services and the work of voluntary groups to help more people live well.