Have your say on the future of health services

Portsmouth’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local people to have their say over the future of health services.
The CCG tells us the health system in this area faces a combination of pressures – rising need for care, rising costs of treatments, fewer staff in key roles, and funding levels which will not keep pace with demand.
At the same time there are new opportunities offered by better medicines, new technology, and closer relationships between NHS and social care teams.
The NHS across the local area – Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport, and South Eastern Hampshire – have put together a ‘sustainability and transformation plan’ (STP) to try and bring about change in the health system and tackle the challenges it will face.
The plan shows how much funding the area’s NHS will receive over the next five years. The estimated shortfall is £577m.
In launching the consultation the CCG said:
“So now is the right time for us to hear your views about how health services could and should change. Your views can influence the way that the local NHS will aim to make changes as we seek to meet the challenges and opportunities set out in the STP.
In time, the questions we ask may become more specific – looking at how a particular service may work, or where it may be based. If that is the case, then specific arrangements will be made to ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute”.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour leader said:
“I have been asking health decision-makers for some time when the public will get to have their say on these important proposals for our health services.
The ‘Big Health Conversation’ is a step in the right direction. Now it is important everyone shares their views on these vital public services we all rely on”.
For more on the area’s plan click here: Sustainability and Transformation Plan
To complete the survey visit: Your Big Health Conversation – talk to us


Local mosque opens its doors

Across the country thousands of Britons visited over 150 mosques participating in the third annual ‘Visit My Mosque’ Day on 5 February 2017.
Mosques across the UK provided refreshments, alongside an insight into the day-to-day goings on of a busy Muslim centre of worship.
Visit My Mosque Day aims to provide a platform for the Muslims community to reach out to fellow Britons and explain their faith and community.
This year’s Visit My Mosque Day showcased how mosques across the country are not only a spiritual focal point, but also serve their localities and help people of all faiths and none by running food banks, feed-the-homeless projects, neighbourhood street cleans, local fundraising and much more.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth Labour Leader, took his family along to his local place of worship, Central Mosque on Somers Road North in Fratton.
The Central Mosque, in Charles Dickens ward, sees over 200 worshippers from across the city attending for prayer on a Friday.
1Cllr Morgan said:
“I welcome efforts by the local Muslim community to bring the whole community together and to renew bonds of friendship in our city.
I was really pleased to have the opportunity to come with my family to the Central Mosque in the heart of our city today.
It was great to see people from all walks of life at the open day and hear from the Imam about the faith and the work the mosque does to support charitable initiatives.
It reminded us all that we have far more in common than which divides us”.
A mosque is a place of worship for those practicing the Islamic faith, where five daily congregational prayers are held, led by an Imam (prayer leader) and serve as community hubs offering a range of activities and facilities. One of the oldest mosques in Britain was established in 1887.

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It’s time every single child has the chance succeed

There are 4 million children in the UK in poverty. This is shameful in the sixth richest country in the world. Yet, in 2015, the Tories scrapped Labour’s child poverty targets.
This week Labour introduced a bill to parliament to bring targets back and an action plan to end child poverty once and for all. The proposals, announced nationally by Dan Jarvis MP, have Portsmouth Labour’s full support.
Children in poor households tend to perform less well at school, impacting on future education, training and employment opportunities.
There is also a strong link between health inequalities and poverty.
To tackle poverty, what happens in childhood is critical. Poverty is the strongest determinant of poor outcomes for children when they reach adult life.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader said:
“In order to give children the best start in life their development in the first five years of life is crucial.
Children who grow up in poverty are four times as likely to become poor adults, becoming the parents of the next generation of children living in poverty”.
Poverty is the single greatest threat to the wellbeing of children and families. Any family can fall on hard times and find it difficult to make ends meet. But poverty isn’t inevitable. With the right policies every child can have the opportunity to do well in life, and we all share the rewards of having a stronger economy and a healthier, fairer society.
In the past few years, child poverty has increased in Portsmouth. Research shows that 22.3% of all children aged 0-19 are deemed as living in poverty in our city.
This rises sharply in some parts of the city, demonstrating real pockets of deprivation. In Charles Dickens ward over 44% of all children aged 0-19 live in poverty.

As a Charles Dickens ward member, Cllr Morgan added:
“Where you are born shouldn’t determine where you end up in life. Yet too many people are being held back and left behind. That’s why tackling child poverty is so important. Every single child in our city deserves the best chance in life.
Across Portsmouth, people dedicate their lives to transform the lives of others. I hugely value these services, will always support and try to protect them.
I entered public service to help make sure every single child in every single community in our great city has the opportunity to succeed.
I fully support Labour’s national campaign to finally end child poverty. I hope you will show your support too”.
To show your support to end child poverty and to sign the online petition visit: www.nochildpoverty.org.uk


Thinking of doing a heritage lottery grant?

Action Portsmouth – the city’s umbrella organisation for the local voluntary and community sector – is offering support for groups who may wish to apply for heritage lottery grants.
Just two places are left on the support sessions planned for Wednesday 8 February 2017 at Action Portsmouth’s home at All Saints Church, Buckland.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, the city’s first ever heritage champion said:
The lottery offers a range of different grant programmes with grants from £3,000 to over £5 million. In assessing applications, they take account of the outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve.
These grants provide a huge opportunity for local groups to celebrate, promote and protect the city’s fantastic heritage offer.
I urge Portsmouth’s community organisations to take up this great offer of support from Action Portsmouth”.
For more information and to book on a support session visit www.actionhampshire.org or contact Jackie Charman at jacky.charman@actionhants.org.uk