From Andrew Gwynne MP <[email protected]>
Subject Denton & Reddish Weekly Newsletter
Date January 7, 2022 6:45 PM
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** Dear Constituent,
Welcome to the first Denton and Reddish Weekly News of 2022!

Happy New Year and I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas. My constituency office reopened on Tuesday following the Christmas and New Year break.

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** Gwynne 'deeply concerned' after non-urgent care is paused in Greater Manchester

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish and Shadow Public Health Minister, has stated that he is ‘deeply concerned’ after receiving news that Tameside Hospital and 16 others across Greater Manchester are postponing non-urgent surgery and appointments.

The decision was taken by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership late Tuesday night, as a result of the ‘high and rising’ level of staff absences due to COVID 19.

In a statement, Andrew Gwynne said:

“I am deeply concerned by the news that non-urgent elective care is now paused across Greater Manchester at a number of hospitals. The impact of Omicron on our NHS is clear, and patients will understandably feel very anxious about planned operations, and when they will receive care.

This news compounds an NHS backlog that was already at record levels before the pandemic began. I urge the Government to be honest about the pressure that the NHS is under, and outline what actions they will be taking to support staff, and ensure that local hospitals are able to guarantee patient safety.

As Shadow Public Health Minister, I am monitoring the situation closely alongside the Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting, and we will be raising the situation as a matter of urgency in the Commons today.

I would also just like to take a moment to thank out NHS staff who are working extraordinarily hard to try and keep the show on the road in the face of unprecedented challenges.”

The hospitals affected by the pause in non-elective care are as follows:
* Royal Bolton Hospital
* Fairfield General Hospital
* Manchester Royal Infirmary
* Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
* University Dental Hospital of Manchester
* St Mary’s Hospital
* North Manchester General Hospital
* The Royal Oldham Hospital
* Stepping Hill Hospital
* Tameside General Hospital
* Trafford General Hospital
* Royal Albert Edward Infirmary
* Wrightington Hospital
* Leigh Infirmary
* Wythenshawe Hospital
* Macclesfield District General Hospital

** Gwynne calls for fair compensation in Post Office Horizon Scandal

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy setting out concerns around the Post Office Horizon Scandal.

The scandal relates to a faulty computer system called Horizon, which was introduced in the 1990s to process transactions in post offices. An IT glitch meant that the system falsely showed financial shortfalls, and many sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses were either criminally convicted or forced to pay back thousands of pounds they did not actually owe.

The compensation scheme, which was announced earlier last year, aims to award financial payouts to hundreds of Post Office managers who were caught up in the Horizon IT Scandal.

However, concerns have been raised that the compensation announced by the Government will exclude the 555 litigants who originally brought civil proceedings against Post Office Ltd back in 2018/19, from claiming.

In a letter penned by Labour MP Kate Jarrow, and co-signed by a number of MP’s including Gwynne, the Government is urged to address this exclusion. The letter states that “it cannot be right that those who decided not to join the original litigation now have access to full and fair compensation whilst the group of 555 litigants have only recovered a tiny fraction of their losses.”

Gwynne has supported postmasters involved in the Horizon scandal for a number of years, and last year raised the plight of his own constituent Della Ryan, the former sub-postmistress at Dukinfield Post Office.

Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:

“The Horizon Scandal is a total miscarriage of justice, and it is only right that all those who were affected by the IT failure are properly compensated for years of hell.

I know from speaking with Della Ryan, former sub-postmistress at Dukinfield Post Office, that nothing will ever make up for decades of emotional trauma. But it is the least we can do to make sure that all victims are recognised and compensated. It simply isn’t right that 555 litigants, who helped bring this scandal to light, will be excluded from this scheme.

I’m proud to have written this letter alongside colleagues, and hope the Government urgently reconsiders its approach.”

To read the full letter click here ([link removed]) .
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Andrew in the constituency

** Join Friends of the Tame Valley for a New Year's tidy-up 💚
Friends of the Tame Valley ([link removed]) is a group I helped start up in lockdown to try and improve the local green space close to where I live. Almost a year on and this fab bunch of volunteers are still going strong. Join us this Sunday on our New Year’s tidy-up.

** ZenTec helping out with donated laptops 💻
Just before Christmas, it was a a pleasure for me and Cllr ([link removed]) Allison ([link removed]) Gwynne ([link removed]) to drop into Ryecroft Hall ([link removed]) in Audenshaw to support two fantastic organisations in one event.

ZenTec Network Solutions Limited ([link removed]) are a Dukinfield-based IT company who, on the side have been taking donations of secondhand laptops, completely refurbishing them and donating them to good causes.

During lockdown they donated IT to children who needed equipment for home schooling… then they dropped 20 refurbished laptops off at Home-Start HOST ([link removed]) for deserving young people over Christmas.

Absolutely amazing effort, and much appreciated.

If you have an old laptop that could be refurbished to donate email: [email protected]

Andrew in the media

📰 READ: In this week's Tameside Reporter, I wrote about the Omicron variant, and the really concerning issue of ventilation in schools - which was recently raised by Poplar Street Primary in Audenshaw. If we are to live with Covid, the Government must do more to support businesses, schools and staff.

Read the full article here ([link removed]) .

📰 READ: It’s heartbreaking that the school library “bus” at Greswell Primary School was broken into and ransacked last month in the run up to Christmas. Utter mindless vandalism.

But massive kudos to the parents who set up a GoFundMe to help try and put it all right. Please chip-in here ([link removed]) if you can.

And to read the full story click here ([link removed]) .
Jack Dromey MP
I am devastated to hear the news of Jack Dromey's sudden passing.

Jack was a good friend, and was always supportive of me.

It's a big loss to the House and to the Labour movement. I send my condolences to Harriet and Jack's family.

Community Board

Local author Leanne Brown has started writing a fantastic series of books to promote, help and raise awareness for mental health in children. Leanne wants to bring these books to schools, parents and organisations to help promote mental health in children.

You can find out more, including how to buy the books, on her website. ([link removed])

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