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Press Release: the future of Bedford Hospital

NEWS FROM MOHAMMAD YASIN MP: MP demands government assurances on the future of Bedford Hospital

Mohammad Yasin MP, Labour’s newly elected Member of Parliament for Bedford & Kempston has demanded assurances from the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, that the Tory Government will not seek to close key services at Bedford Hospital.

Mohammad Yasin has written to Jeremy Hunt calling for assurances that A&E, Obstetric, and Paediatric services are retained at Bedford Hospital and not moved to Luton or Milton Keynes. This is in response to emerging plans from the Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes’s NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

At the recent General Election Labour pledged to halt the STPs, which threaten to close and downgrade local health services as in Bedford.

Mohammad Yasin MP said:

“I have written to Jeremy Hunt demanding assurances about the future of Bedford Hospital. Like other Bedford residents I fear that as part of NHS review plans for our area we could lose key health services in Bedford that local people rely on.

“Our area has a growing population, with a real need for comprehensive and easily accessible medical care. Losing our A&E department could prove a real danger, meaning far longer travel times for those in urgent need of care, which ultimately puts lives at risk.

“I intend to honour my promise to local residents and fight tooth and nail to keep these vital health services, which are under threat by this Tory Government.

“Jeremy Hunt must address these concerns and provide reassurances for people across Bedfordshire urgently.”

End the 1% public sector pay cap.

End the 1% public sector pay cap.

Yesterday I cast my first vote as an MP, supporting Labour’s amendment to the Queen’s speech to end the 1% Public Sector pay cap. The Tories and the DUP of course joined forces to vote down the amendment, showing contempt for doctors, nurses, fire fighters, police officers and other public sector workers by cheering at the result. Theresa May has no mandate and promised the government would now listen, and yet it seems to be business as usual with a continuation of the damaging austerity agenda.

Queen’s speech ‘threadbare’

Voting down the ‘threadbare’ Queen’s Speech

Theresa May’s proposed legislative plan is threadbare. There is hardly a mention of our public services or indeed hard working staff.

Last night Labour’s amendment to remove the public pay cap so that our hard working nurses, police officers etc could have a pay rise was blocked by the Conservatives and the DUP. Theresa May had the chance to do the right thing and failed!

It is for these reasons and others that I, along with my Labour colleagues, will be voting against the Queen’s Speech today.

Carer friendly communities

Supporting Carer Friendly Communities

Today I attended an event to promote Carers week and pledged to help build Carer Friendly Communities. Carers often feel overlooked, and yet they perform a vital role. As your MP I want to make sure that carers receive the support and recognition they deserve. If you are a carer and want to share your story, please email me at Mohammad.yasin.mp@parliament.uk – I would be very happy to hear from you.

THANK YOU

THANK YOU FOR ELECTING ME AS YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

says Mohammad Yasin MP, Member of Parliament for Bedford and Kempston

“I am both proud and humbled to have been elected as Member of Parliament for Bedford & Kempston.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me and to express my appreciation for the seven years Richard Fuller served as MP. I wish him well for the future.

It is exciting to have this opportunity to serve the whole community as your MP and I made an immediate start by getting in contact with key people in Bedford and Kempston. At the same time I settled into Parliament and gave my maiden speech.

My top priority is to do all I can to ensure that Bedford Hospital retains all the services we need. Obviously, I will be tackling many other important issues too.

As with all new MPs, I am in the process of setting up my local and parliamentary offices and already receive a large number of emails, letters and phone calls every day.

I hold regular surgeries to see constituents, and attend numerous local events where I meet a wide range of interesting local people.