Constituents raise concerns over the NHS and zero-hour contracts at MP Report Back

Steve McCabe hosted one of his regular report back sessions with constituents at the Scouts Hut in Kings Heath on Tuesday 20 August 2013.

Over 40 people attended the event, where Steve talked about the work he has been doing over the summer period, this was followed by a lively question and answer session. The Report Back covered a range of issues, in particular; concerns over immigration, the NHS, economic policy, youth unemployment and zero-hour contracts.

Steve updated constituents on the recent work he has been doing in the constituency during Parliamentary recess which included; working with Business in the Community to find solutions to youth unemployment, meeting local charities such as, Responding to Conflict (a group which support peace building in conflict affected areas across the globe) and his ongoing work on the Katie Road NHS Walk in Centre. Steve recently ran a consultation with more than a 1,000 constituents on the uncertainty of the Walk in Centre. The results showed that out of those surveyed, 72% had used the Katie Road Centre with 55% of constituents reporting that they were very concerned over the CCG proposals to move the services provided by the centre to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

In the question and answer session, a large number of constituents expressed concern over the impact of government policies on the NHS, particularly in relation to staffing issues, the quality of food provided to patients, waiting times and patient care.  There was discussion about the increase of zero-hour contracts with many constituents feeling that this has resulted in a reduction of workers’ rights and masks unemployment figures. Concern was also raised about economic migration to the UK and draining of public resources.

Other issues that were covered included: help to grow small businesses, the banking industry, HS2 and fracking.

Speaking after the event, Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was fantastic to see so many constituents at the Report Back and to hear their views on issues that really matter to them. The Report Back sessions are a brilliant opportunity to engage with constituents and see what is really happening on the ground outside of Westminster.

“The fact that so many diverse issues were raised suggests to me that there is a high level of dissatisfaction and unease and people feel that things aren’t right or fair but they can’t put their finger on what exactly is wrong. I will use the points raised to inform my work when I return to Westminster. I look forward to my next Report Back event in September.”

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