General Practice Forward View

One document that has been published this week was the NHS’s plan for the future of GP’s.

With a growing population coupled with advances in medical capabilities and an aging population it is not surprising general practices are under pressure. Thanks to the increase in resources the government committed to the NHS spending will increase from £9.6 billion in this financial year to over £12 billion by 2021. In essence this means there will be more doctors and more support staff.

More information about the plan can be found here


Constituency Day

Apart from  many pending today dealing with the many constituents cases which as any MP will testify come in constantly and although my excellent staff deal with a great deal I like to spend time looking at as many as I can in detail so I get a real feel for what the problems are.

My first appointment is down at the Town hall for the Annual St. George’s Day flag raising ceremony which as the Commons is not sitting I am able to attend this year.

Happy Birthday to the Queen

The Queen reaches 90 today and the Prime Minister will lead the congratulations in the Chamber of the House of Commons later.

I know there are a few who oppose the Monarchy but overwhelmingly I find people realise that our Monarchy is a source of great stability and as the Prime Minister has said the Queen is ‘ a rock of strength for the nation’.

The Queen is a brilliant  example of service and dedication to us all.

Perscution of religous minorities

Business will start in the Commons today with questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, then the weekly Prime Ministers’ Question time. The Commons will then consider the amendments made by the House of Lords to the Energy Bill.

The first longer debate will be on a motion to recognise that the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities constitutes genocide and calls on the government to refer the matter to the United Nations. The full motion is:

‘…this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.’

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill

Today after Questions to the Treasury the main business is the remaining stages of the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill.  The Bill makes new regulations to cover the Bank of England and the financial services industry.

Lots more information about the bill can be found here

Yesterday, the Procedure Committee published its report on how Private Members’ Bills are dealt with.

The full report can be accessed here

New ideas for Private Members’ Bills

Back to Westminster again this morning and after Defence questions there will be the launch of two Select Committee reports. One of these is the eagerly anticipated report of the Procedure Committee into the procedure used to deal with bills introduced by backbench members of Parliament,. The report is embargoed until the official publication at 11am today so I can not say more than it contains some new and interesting proposals.

I will include a link to the report either later today or tomorrow once it is published.

Church Services

It is a busy Sunday of Church Services today. Starting with St Anne’s there is the usual Communion Service – albeit in a shortened format and then there is the Annual Meeting of Parishners to elect the Churchwardens followed by the Annual General Meeting. After seven years in office I have completed my term as Churchwarden and so a new Warden will be chosen in my place.

Then,  also today it is the annual commemoration of the losses sustained by the men of the town and surrounding areas who were serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers at the Battle of Gallipoli which is marked as it is every year by a special service of remembrance in the Parish Church so I will be heading down there are soon as I can.

Then, this afternoon it is back down to Bury town Centre for the annual Scouts St. George’s Day Parade and Service which will be held in the Parish Church.

Yesterday, There was no rain whilst I was out but when we had a finished a few of us paid a visit to the Greenmount Cricket Club where the first game of the season was taking place and it just so happened they were also holding a beer festivals X whilst we were watching the cricket there were hail showers!