Home from Hospital service relaunched at DDH

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has formally relaunched the Home from Hospital service at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Jo Cox and health and social care professionals relaunch RVS's Home from HospitalThe service for older people leaving hospital is run by the Royal Voluntary Service but Mrs Cox discovered that take up of the service was not as widespread here as in neighbouring areas.

Mrs Cox, working with RVS to promote the local servicebrought together a series of health and social care professionals and organisations, in a bid to raise awareness and encourage more referrals.

Mrs Cox said: “RVS’s Home from Hospital is an important service that helps older people when they are discharged from hospital. We heard some powerful stories about the difference this service can make to people leaving hospital.

“It is my hope that this relaunch will provide the boost it needs in north Kirklees and that together we can improve the reach and impact it has for people who need it.”

She said the relaunch had been prompted by the number of people who have been in touch with her raising issues about discharge from hospital and a gap in services.

“These gaps arise from cuts to council and NHS budgets, changes to hospital services and the complexities around commissioning. Home from Hospital has the potential to fill that gap,” said Mrs Cox.

“There does seems to be a lack of knowledge about what is available around discharge planning among some of the organisations I have met in recent months. We hope everyone who was involved in this relaunch will refer patients into the service and tell others too.

“GPs, discharge teams, Locala, community matrons, local community groups and many more have a collective role to play so that we can all work together to ensure that older people in our community are not left without support once they go home from hospital,

“This will help to resolve a lot issues and re-admissions problems.”

As well as hoping professionals will make more use of the service, referrals are also welcome from patients’ friends and family also. RVS can be contacted directly on 01924 446100.

Among the organisations at the relaunch were: Locala, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service; Community Partnerships; Action for Hearing Loss; Alzheimer’s Society; North Kirklees CCG as well as local GPs, physiotherapists and the community matron.

The event was held in the Oakwell Centre at Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Bulldogs Girls celebrate new home with a thumping victory

Jo Cox sees the Bulldogs Girls' trophies in the cabinet at Mount Pleasant

Craig Taylor shows Jo Cox the Bulldogs Girls’ trophies in the cabinet at Mount Pleasant

Last Saturday Batley Bulldogs Girls played their first game at their all new pitch, kindly made available to them by Upper Batley High School.

The under 16 team got off to a winning start, thumping East Leeds 28-0.

Three weeks ago, with the season fast approaching, the girls were still looking for a home field for their under 16s, 14s and 12s.

Coach Craig Taylor enlisted the help of Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox, who helped negotiate an arrangement for the girls to play at the high school on Batley Field Hill.

Last year the girls toured Australia after an amazing fundraising effort which saw them raise £60,000 for the trip. Participation and interest in the team has grown steadily and now engages over 60 girls, including a women’s team to play in the winter league.

Coach, Craig Taylor said: “We really appreciate the help and support that Jo has given us and since putting us in touch with the school they have been fantastic too. Allowing us to use their field has been a god send really and it’s a great location for rugby.”

Sam Vickers, headteacher at Upper Batley High, said: “We were only too happy to help the girls by letting them use our field. The rugby pitch is not quite as well used as it could be but with the support of Craig and the Bulldogs we are hoping to get some of the boys more into the sport too.”

Mrs Cox said: “The girls are a fantastic success story for Batley and the popularity of the teams has outstripped the facilities available to them. Getting a field to play on was only the first step and in time I am optimistic that both Kirklees Council and Sport England will find ways to help support the girls.”

“The school have been great and not for the first time they have shown their commitment to the wider community by helping to make this happen.”

MPs speak out in Parliament on Dewsbury & District Hospital

Jo Cox quizzes the health minister on plans to downgrade Dewsbury hospitalLabour MPs Jo Cox and Paula Sherriff spoke out in Parliament last night in defence of Dewsbury & District Hospital.

Mrs Cox, whose Batley & Spen constituency is home to the hospital, spoke during a debate secured by Ms Sherriff, the Dewsbury MP, about staffing in the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Paying tribute to the staff at the hospital, Mrs Cox said: “I congratulate my honourable friend and neighbour on securing this critical debate on our local hospital.

“I back her in what she says and recognise that doctors and nurses and other staff at the hospital have been working in crisis mode for 15 months now. It is difficult to overstate how hard it must be for staff to go to work every day, knowing that they will miss key targets and not be able to give the care and attention that they so want to give.”

Mrs Cox went on to underline that no matter how often the government tries to pass the buck to Mid Yorkshire, ministers had to take some responsibility for the problems in the Trust.

“They have cut public health funding, and there is a social care crisis locally and problems with the junior doctors contract. The Government must take responsibility for this crisis and not pass the buck to an embattled NHS trust,” said Mrs Cox.

During the debate, which Health minister Ben Gummer MP responded to, Mrs Cox asked the Government directly if now was the time to proceed with the planned downgrade.

“As the Minister will be aware, Mid Yorkshire has the third highest number of admittances to A&E in the country,” she said.

“In that context, I share the concern of my honourable friend the Member for Dewsbury about the planned reorganisation and downgrade of the Dewsbury hospital.

“It is a serious matter for local residents and some of my constituents. It would be wonderful to have a commitment further to discuss whether now is the time to move forward with that plan.”

You can watch the full debate here or you can read the Official Report here

Jo Cox denounces Chancellor’s “political Budget”

Jo Cox speaks during the Budget debateBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox delivered a passionate speech in Parliament tonight denouncing what she called a short term political budget from a Chancellor whose reputation is in tatters.

During the debate, Mrs Cox said: “As is now abundantly clear, this was a budget developed with short term politics in mind not compassionate long term economics.

“Today, all he has got away with is shirking his duty to come to this House and account for his failure and the black hole in his Budget. His reputation is now in tatters.”

She said the u-turn on cutting the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) was motivated by the Chancellor’s own ambitions and not the warnings about how this would impact on vulnerable people.

Mrs Cox recounted the story of a constituent who is determined to carry on working. She said PIP helped him do that.

“He is determined to keep working, because he wants to keep his dignity. The Chancellor wanted to take it from him,” she said.

You can watch the speech by clicking here or your can read it by clicking here.

MP puts her lights out for Earth Hour

Jo Cox is backing Earth HourJo Cox has signed up to support this year’s Earth Hour by making a special pledge to help protect the planet.

WWF is encouraging people to show they care about the future of our planet by turning out their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday (19 March).

Mrs Cox said: “Our natural world is precious to all life but we need to do more to protect it. WWF’s Earth Hour reminds us that there are simple things we can all do for the planet, not for just one hour, but every day.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring together millions of people from across the world with one united goal – to help protect our planet.

Every year Earth Hour inspires millions of people around the world to come together and switch off their lights for one hour in a symbolic act to show they care about our brilliant planet.

Last year a record-breaking 172 countries and some of the world’s most famous buildings including Big Ben, Hong Kong’s skyline and the Sydney Harbour Bridge joined the global celebration.

In the UK alone, over 10 million people took part, along with over 4,800 schools, 200 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations.

Jennifer Clements, spokesperson for WWF’s Earth Hour, said: “We’re thrilled that MPs have given their support to this year’s Earth Hour and we hope they will inspire many others to get involved. This is a chance for all of us to come together and send out a global message about protecting our planet.”

Everyone can join the celebration for WWF’s Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March 2016. For more information and to sign up please visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour