Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.
In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has reiterated his thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 River Festival, along with everyone who was part of the record attendance of over 300,000 people.
Record numbers attended this year's event, and Mayor Dave writes about how the success of the festival, and that of numerous public events which take place across the Borough, is thanks in large part to the 'herculean efforts' of the volunteers who help make them happen. Here's the full article:
Students across Bedford Borough received their A Level results on Thursday, and there were celebrations as the proportion of entrants achieving at least one A* or A grades rose once again, to nearly one in two. The provisional figures, based on returns from eight upper schools, show that 45.9% of students received at least one top grade, up from 42.3% in 2015. This increase was achieved by students in spite the proportion of top grades nationally decreasing slightly.
Mayor Dave Hodgson made the case for the retention of key services at Bedford Hospital in a recent meeting with NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens.
At the meeting in Bedford last month between Mayor Dave, the Council's Chief Executive, and Mr Stevens, Mayor Dave impressed upon the NHS Chief that the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review's proposal to downgrade Bedford Hospital and remove maternity services is illogical for a growing town.
A Council plan for the decongestion of the Ampthill Road Corridor in and out of Bedford has won the backing of the South East Midlands local enterprise partnership (SEMLEP). The £5.1 million scheme will now go forward to government amongst SEMLEP'S chosen projects under its bid for government funding for transport improvements.
Bedford Borough Council will pursue a plan to make greater use of digital technology to save £10 million per year. In a speech presenting the plans at a recent meeting of the Council's Executive, Mayor Dave Hodgson described the pursuit of a digital operating model as vital in order to prevent service cuts which would 'change the Council beyond all recognition'.
Mayor Dave Hodgson is joining forces with other Council leaders to demand a better service for beleaguered rail users on the Govia Thameslink and Great Northern routes. The group of Councils north of London, representing well over a million people, are calling on the Government to ensure Govia raises standards on behalf of passengers across the routes.
In his column for the July edition of the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson wrote of his disgust at the plans to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital and to force the 3,000-plus mothers who give birth there every year to travel longer distances away from home and from family to Milton Keynes.