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  • commented 2016-09-06 19:00:40 +0100
    The plight of the NHS is on to yet again. The hospitals in Liverpool in particular. I want to tell you of one of my husband’s last visits to Warrington Hospital, the Opthalmic Outpatients, he had a BCC. A cancer that doesn’t normally spread. On arriving we went to the reception area. There were at least 2 receptionists, only 1 working apparently, don’t know what the other one was doing. Also there were 4 nurses of different ages and seniority, all hanging around doing nothing! We had to wait 30 minutes to be seen by the receptionist as the person in front of us had a query and no-one else was helping. We then went into the waiting are. Another long wait. We saw one of the “nurses” taking a file to a doctor. To say she was walking slowly is an immense exaggeration, if she had been going any slower she would have been walking backwards!! We eventually saw the surgeon who was marvellous to sat the least. The moral of this long winded story is that there are still loads of ‘staff’,as in local government, who are still getting away with taking money by thieving (time). The staff who are losing their jobs are the ones that are making a political statement, the front liners, the carers, the ones who make a ginormous difference, not the ones who are stealing a living. This is a small story of Warrington Hospital, the same goes on in every single hospital in the country.the wrong people are being targeted for release from employment. Things have to change to make the NHS viable again. The change has to come from the top, the people who have not the slightest idea of what is going on on the shop floor as it were. Sorry for moaning but Zi was driven to send you this after the article on to thus evening.
  • commented 2016-09-06 16:31:29 +0100
  • commented 2016-09-06 16:19:32 +0100
    Daivid, I have just been informed that all public libraries in south Warrington are to be closed.This is not acceptable,is this a ploy that after the the backlash of complaints they will partially relent & keep one open !!

    I hope you will put your weight behind us as the retirees and young mothers with children in our constituency would greatly miss these facilities.

    Yours truly David
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  • commented 2016-09-06 12:17:13 +0100
    I am extremely disappointed about the proposed closure of Stockton Heath library which would mean no library in South Warrington. I have two children at primary school and the whole family regularly use the library to browse for books that we would not be aware of if we did not have this opportunity. The advice and support provided by the librarians who are knowledgeable, helpful and inspiring is outstanding. Could you please let me know your view on this and – if you also oppose the closure – the action you propose to take to keep this library open. Many thanks. Nic Baird
  • commented 2016-09-06 12:03:39 +0100
    Dear David,

    I represent Lymm Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club as Treasurer. We are a private members club.

    We have been approached by PPL regarding information about music played to our members. We have informed them that we have no radios at the club nor do our members listen to music played on the TV. Thy have argued that if we watch (for example) “Wimbledon” on BBC TV, then our members are listening to music and we should be paying a joint licence (with PRS) in the region of £250.

    I had thought that we had paid a television licence to allow us to watch and listen to the TV and I am bewildered to have another bill (which I gather is plus VAT) so that the performers and writers of the music being played by the TV channel can get further reward. Doesn’t the TV companies pay licences to the artists for them to be able to broadcast their material?

    I am also staggered to know that it was the conservative government who brought in this bureaucracy back in 1988.

    Please can you advise as to whether we have to pay these fees and why as a private members club we are considered as playing music to the “public”.

    Kind regards

    Peter Keeling
  • commented 2016-09-06 10:27:13 +0100
    Mr Mowat, I wish to protest at the decision by Network Warrington buses to route buses down All Saints Drive, Thelwall. We, the residents have had absolutely no warning or consultation period. This is completely unacceptable in this day and age. All the residents we have spoken to are up in arms at this crazy situation. A protest blockade of the road took place this morning with some effect. Space was left for cars to get through, but a double decker plus a single decker buses were held up for nearly an hour, police called etc, but no residents were actually breaking any laws, or got arrested.

    The road is extremely narrow, most residents have a minimum of 2 vehicles, several have 3, ie, us. Our drive can only take two, so one is always on the road, but has to park half on the pavement, or there is no chance of anyone getting through if everyone parked legally on the road. There is also a 20mph speed limit on this road for a reason. a primary school entrance is just 30 yards from our front door, also the Church of All Saints is just 40 yards from our door. During school drop off and pick up times the road and immediate vicinity is awash with cars parked half and half. When a Funeral, Wedding, Christening, or other service is on, then again the avenue is jam packed with cars. Whoever has taken the decision without consultation to route buses down this very narrow road deserves to be sacked.

    We, your constituents, now look to you for your backing and to get involved immediately. We have to put a stop to this now, not next month, or year, NOW!


    Leslie Pratt & Linda Crossley

    Tel: 01925 269756.
  • commented 2016-09-06 10:13:02 +0100
    LiveWire Warrington are in consultation with the public about the future of libraries in Warrington, There is no future they will close Lymm and Stockton Heath and replace them with Book Lockers. Visit their web site and attend one of their public venues, we need you to be fully aware of what they plan to do.
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  • commented 2016-09-04 13:55:27 +0100
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  • commented 2016-09-02 09:58:38 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowatt, Regarding my two recent emails, my query about bursaries has nowbeen answered. I hope I did not cause you any inconvenience. Lydia Crson
  • commented 2016-09-01 18:42:11 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowatt, Referring to my previous email, I have some information to add. My son applied to train for a PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education). This qualification means he will teach students 16+, probably at a Further Education College. Apparently bursaries are available for mathematics teachers at secondary level, he is wondering about training as mentioned above.

    Many thanks

    Mrs Lydia Carson
  • commented 2016-09-01 18:20:55 +0100
    Dear Mr Mowatt, My son Iain has secured a place at Liverpool Hope University to do teacher training. As he gained a First Class degree, which included mathematics, he was expecting a bursary of £25,000. We have today been informed that the government will not be giving out bursaries this year and so my son will not be able to do teacher training, he was due to begin the course on 5 September. (obviously this is very disappointing to us ).

    Please could you confirm that this information is correct? Many thanks

    Mrs Lydia Carson
  • commented 2016-08-27 17:47:41 +0100
    NHS – Sustainability and Transformation Plan

    Please ask your colleague – James Hunt MP – , to publish precise details of the above Plan as soon as possible and to allow longer than just a few weeks for full public consultation ( I believe end of October is the current deadline – too short a period!)
  • commented 2016-08-26 15:24:44 +0100
    The latest results have shown a significant and worrying decline of 7.7% in Artistic and Creative GCSE results. The latest BACC proposals will further diminish pupil choice to the detriment of these subjects and I believe that the importance of these subjects is greatly undervalued by the Government. As the Chairman of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, I see at first hand the amazing talent that the country has and we should cherish and nurture our artistically gifted youngsters. The UK Creative and Performing Arts are admired all around the world and produce huge revenues for the country. Can I ask you to lobby for a sensible balance to be maintained in our education system? Every child has some sort of talent within them and it isn’t always in the academic areas of life. We should ensure that all children are able to fully unlock their potential.

    I hope that you don’t respond by telling me that the direction of travel in education will give every child these opportunities, because it quite clearly will not, as the latest results are already indicating.
  • commented 2016-08-23 12:46:32 +0100
    Hello, I sent a message a while ago about a business I was looking at regarding young drivers and safety. Just wondered if you have had chance to look at it or have any views on this important subject. Many thanks.
  • commented 2016-08-19 14:34:18 +0100
    Having to suffer the congestion on the M56 between the M53 and Runcorn on an almost daily basis, I was surprised to find a document from 2015 entitled “The Northern Powerhouse: One Agenda, One Economy, One North”. In this document it says:

    “Consider further upgrades in Merseyside and Cheshire, building on the schemes already committed to such as the new junction on the M56 near Runcorn (junction 11A)”.

    It also mentions a Smart Motorway upgrade on the M53.

    Might I suggest the Smart Motorway upgrade be either moved to the above stretch of the M56 or extended to cover both. Of the two, the M53 rarely suffers from problems whereas the M56 is at a virtual standstill every day.
  • commented 2016-08-15 17:57:55 +0100
    I’m doing a chairty event for help for hero’s on the 17th of September at Alford sports and social club. Will be doing an auction . I would really appreciate it if you could attend
  • commented 2016-08-06 16:23:19 +0100
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  • commented 2016-08-03 12:02:40 +0100
    David. I am fed up with receiving unsolicited phone calls. My number is registered on the TPS, but this seems to be completely ineffective. I am sure that I am not the only person affected by this. My 81 year old neighbour told me that his wife is not frightened to answer her telephone because she recently had an unsolicited call offering to help her with her debts – which she does not have! This has been ongoing for me for the past 3 years. Reporting the calls to Ofcom seems to have no effect. The last call i received, this morning, was from someone called Michael, about my computer. I hung up, dialed 1471 for the number, and called it back. Imagine how surprised I was when my call was answered by a financial services company in Southsea. Clearly the scammers have a way to use phone numbers that appear to be originating in the UK.

    Is there anything that you, as my MP, can do to help resolve this? Surely the phone companies can be pressed by the government to either stop this happening, or to provide free services to customers so that the customer can decide whether or not to take the call – such as call screening?

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Matt Harle
  • commented 2016-08-03 11:24:04 +0100

    I contact you in your role as Minister responsible for adult social care.

    My daughter, Heather, is aged 20, and she lives with 2 of her sisters in Hertfordshire.

    On 20th May this year, she suffered a blood clot on her brain.

    She was rushed to Lister hospital in Stevenage, then transferred to London, where she had several operations.

    She returned to Lister after a few weeks, and was discharged from there about 6 weeks ago.

    One of the outcomes of the blood clot is that she suffered severe sight loss.

    Initially, it was total blindness.

    When she was released from Lister, there was some sight, but very hazy and very tunnelled.

    Now, she can see colours, but only in good light, and still has no peripheral vision.

    When she was discharged, 6 weeks ago, she was told the Sensory Team from Social Services would be in touch. She needed them to assess her, and to make practical suggestions / amendments to the way she will not have to live. If no-one got in touch, she was advised to get her GP to follow-up.

    At the time, no-one from the Sensory Team was even assigned to her case, and the GP hadn’t even heard of the Sensory Team.

    I repeat, this was 6 weeks ago, and she still has not been seen yet.

    One of the things the Sensory Team are supposed to do is teach her how to use a white cane.

    Without training, this can be dangerous, both to her and others.

    What is she supposed to do, sit indoors until they get round to her.

    She is 20 years old, and has a steely determination to make the best of her new lot.

    However, being stuck without official guidance either means that she loses this, or puts herself in potential danger.

    We know that there have been cuts to that team, and I am sure that they are working flat out.

    However, 6 weeks is an unacceptable wait.

    Please can you contact them and highlight Heathers plight.

    Also, can you explain why such a lifeline to so many people has been cut so severely?

    Or is it that Heathers young life is not worth considering, because she is now disabled?

    Is it that, in officialdoms eyes, she is now a second-rate citizen? Or, to put it another way, a ‘scrounger’.


    Steve Tymms
  • commented 2016-08-01 12:37:28 +0100
    Hi David,

    I am the editor of Pharmacy Business magazine and I was wondering, as the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy among many other areas in the NHS, if you would be open to an interview with our title on the challenges facing the health service and pharmacy’s role.

    We cover the NHS and community pharmacy and an interview would give our readers – pharmacists and their teams – the chance to know more about you as well as giving you the chance to speak on the issues that affect them.

    Many thanks,

    Neil Trainis,


    Pharmacy Business

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  • commented 2016-08-01 12:27:59 +0100
  • commented 2016-07-29 08:31:21 +0100
    Dear David

    I am enquiring about private parking in Warrington and I would like to know how these private parking companies can get away without planning permission for anpr camera poles and not having advertising consent.

    Why are these companies allowed over and over again to apply for retrospective planning permission . When you use their car parks if you don’t abide by their rules you get charged up to £100 but the don’t adhere to planning rules. Also under town and Country planning Act it is a criminal offence to display signs without advertising consent so why are the council allowing this??


  • commented 2016-07-27 15:24:01 +0100
    Dear David

    I live in your constituency at 62 Mill Lane Lymm WA13 9SQ. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) in June 2010. I am also a member of the CLL Support Association –the leading UK- wide organisation for people with CLL.

    I would like to request a meeting to discuss my experiences and ways in which outcomes for those with CLL can be improved; in particular this includes the poor post diagnosis support and information for CLL patients, as well as the limited availability of effective drugs that do not have significant side effects – with some drugs recently delisted from the Cancer Drugs Fund.

    CLL is the most common type of leukaemia in adults, with over 25000 sufferers in the UK and around 3000 new cases diagnosed each year. 75% of people who are diagnosed with CLL are over the age of 50, although it can occur in young people including children and teenagers.

    Most people are diagnosed through a routine blood test and don’t initially experience many problems – however as it advances CLL can result in swollen lymph nodes and problems with the spleen and liver – eventually leading to anaemia and infections. Generally no treatment is required until symptoms appear, at which point CLL is treated with chemotherapy and/or biological therapies.

    Most cases of CLL have an average survival of more than 25 years. This means that patients diagnosed at an older age with a slower progression of the disease may not need treatment in their lifetime. Good post-diagnosis information and support is absolutely vital given that experiences of CLL can vary significantly between patients. Where support is not provided, patients who have just received a diagnosis are forced to conduct their own research, relying on internet sources which can be out of date or wrong – this can create unwarranted confusion and impact on patient experience and outcomes.

    It is vital that patients with CLL see continued access to drugs that work and expanded access to those showing promise. Treatment options have improved greatly over the last 20 years, increasing from one chemotherapy drug in the mid-1990s to 12 licensed drugs in 2016.

    However, reforms to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) have threatened access to one of the most promising drugs – ibrutinib. Despite being reinstated to the CDF in November 2015 following pressure from patients and industry, it is now being subject to further evaluations that could halt access on a temporary or permanent basis. This is a great shame as ibrutinib is a non-chemotherapy drug and therefore does not have the same significant side effects such as a compromised immune system, which is something that can ultimately kill given the age group which is normally affected by CLL. A chemotherapy drug, bendamustine, was also removed from the Cancer Drugs Fund and is no longer widely and readily available for everyone. For me, I greatly benefited for bendamustine rituxin treatment and it is upsetting that bendamustine is no longer there as a possible treatment.

    I would be most grateful if you would be willing to meet with me to discuss these issues in further detail. Please do get in touch with me via so we can set up a date.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mrs Sue Marshall
  • commented 2016-07-25 21:41:08 +0100
    Do you have an email bulletin?
  • commented 2016-07-23 08:58:42 +0100
    Thank you for your effort in passing on my letter to the Home Office regarding prisoners serving

    IPP sentences, & hope one day to see you appointed a Minister off the Crown.


    Derek Hensley
  • commented 2016-07-16 17:46:51 +0100
    I was recently involved in an incident on the A49 involving my car and a cyclist. My car was stationary and the accident was not my fault (confirmed by the police). The cyclist rode into the back of my car and as a result I have sustained whiplash, numerous sleepless nights and my car had been classed as a write off through my insurance company. I have managed to repair my car privately, at the cost of aproximatley £600. The cyclist obviously has no insurance therefore an incident where I was the innocent party has resulted in me having to pay out up to £600.

    How should a cyclist be allowed on the roads, travelling at that speed with the ability to cause that much damage be allowed to ride on our roads with no insurance?

    Lets make it essentail for regular cyclists to be insured to ride their bikes on our roads!