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Making sure Women’s Voices are Heard: Public Meeting
Women across Walthamstow of all ages and backgrounds tell me they often don’t feel our community is safe and welcoming for all. On Saturday 2 May between 2.30-4pm we will hear first hand from women of all ages about their experiences as well as discuss what we can do to change this – and in particular about our campaign to improve the reporting and investigation of street harassment in Walthamstow as well as support positive relationship education into all schools. Please note, this event will be a ‘safe space’ women only discussion.
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Healthy E17: An NHS for our Future - Public meeting
For too long, we in Walthamstow have been sharing horror stories of our local NHS. We know frontline staff are doing their best, but cuts to services and this Government’s hated Health and Social Care Act have made their job almost impossible. Breaking up the NHS has made it too easy for service providers to blame each other for poor services rather than treating patients.
Many residents are now unable to get access to the services they need with devastating consequences for their health and their families. Along with campaigners, I have been calling for change, only to be told I was mistaken. Now we discover our local hospital Whipps is in trouble, patients are struggling to get appointments with doctors and our surgeries and community services are crumbling.
The healthcare needs of our community are changing. We're living longer, but getting sicker. Protecting our NHS locally means ensuring early diagnosis is not only for the rich. We urgently need more doctors, investment in GP practices and joined up mental, social and public health services.
Above all, I am determined the needs of patients must come first and their voice must be heard. Only a Labour Government will build an NHS fit for the 21st Century, free at the point of use.
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Creasy hands out awards for best and worst housing market operators
Stella Creasy and campaigners handed out awards to businesses voted the best and worst operators in Walthamstow’s thriving property market. Over the last six months the Labour MP has been asking constituents to vote on the conduct of estate agents, letting agents, social housing providers and property managers.
On Saturday Stella and supporters visited Hoe Street, a road notorious for having the most estate agents per square mile, to hand out the awards. Speaking after Saturday’s event, Stella said: “It was very powerful.There were people in tears after hearing the stories from people who are in the most awful situations. A common theme I noticed was people being afraid to complain because they are scared they will be evicted. We were given complaints about people who were played off against each other, double charging and being pressured or told to up offers. People don’t want to pay for a service which is ripping them off."
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Government to Review GP Care in Walthamstow
Following pressure in the Chamber of the House of Commons, Ministers committed to a review of GP care across Walthamstow. Responding to the announcement Stella Creasy MP said:
“Today I told parliament of the experience of Walthamstow patients of services and got the Minister to agree to review the situation in our area- we mustn’t let access to GPs and early diagnosis of health problems become the preserve of the rich in this country. Any resident who wants to feed into this campaign and help me make the case for change here in Walthamstow should get in touch.”
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