Local Lib Dems welcome end to disposable cups at South Gloucestershire Council

Local Lib Dem councillors have welcomed a move by South Gloucestershire Council to end the use of disposable cups at council facilities after the Cabinet approved the plan on Monday. This move follows a successful motion by Lib Dem councillors Claire Young and Mike Drew earlier this year, which required the Cabinet to take action.

Lib Dem Leader, Cllr Claire Young, said: “We welcome the fact that our motion received cross-party support and that the administration say that they will implement these changes by the end of the year, as we proposed. I’m proud that we were able to provide leadership to the Council on this issue and that South Gloucestershire will now become one of the first authorities in the country to take this step.”     

Lib Dem councillor (Yate North) Mike Drew said: “This change should stop over 36,000 unrecyclable cups being thrown away every year. While we very much welcome the fact that Conservative administration have followed our lead on this issue, we will be pressing them to go even further in eliminating other unnecessary waste. The administration expects residents to reduce waste, with the introduction of smaller bins, so it’s only right that they practice what they preach.”


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According to notices displayed in Yate Health Centre there will now be a triage nurse at the Minor Injuries Unit to prioritise patients on Mondays. Local Liberal Democrat councillors Ruth Davis and Sue Walker are really pleased about this improvement and that there is now also a clear list of what the unit staff cannot do and signposting to where patients can get help.   

Cllr Sue Walker commented: “The triage nurse is great news as this will mean that those most in need will be seen first. Whilst patients will initially be seen in a corridor they can ask to be triaged elsewhere if they need some privacy. If it speeds things up on Mondays, hopefully, this will be extended to other days of the week.”

Cllr Ruth Davis said: “People from a wide area now know of the unit and it is their first place of choice to seek treatment, especially as Southmead A & E is so busy. It is really important what is on offer at the MIU is really clear. Residents continue to ask us for the unit’s opening hours to be extended and for it to cover things like minor ailments. This could take the strain off of local GPs and other services so we have a Health One Stop Unit.”

South Gloucestershire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Claire Young, praised staff: “They do a fantastic job under increasing pressure.  I hope this new initiative will improve things for staff and patients as they are in desperate need of extra resources.”

Local Lib Dem Heath spokesperson Cllr Sue Hope said: “We will continue to lobby for extra resources for Yate, as the service there is so popular. We need even more services to be provided out of Yate now people know the facilities are there.”


Proposed health and care facilities for Thornbury and Frenchay welcome – but fears that outpatient services are being forgotten

Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed South Gloucestershire Council taking on the lead commissioner role for proposed health and care facilities at Thornbury and Frenchay – but stress that the proposals do not go far enough.  

Thornbury councillor, Maggie Tyrrell, said: “Lib Dem councillors have been campaigning for new health and care facilities for Thornbury for years. While we welcome this latest news on rehabilitation and care services, we are concerned that no plans have yet been forthcoming to replace outpatient services currently provided by Thornbury Hospital, which is due to be decommissioned within the next few years. We would call upon the local NHS and the Council to work together to draw up plans that will address all of Thornbury’s health needs, not just one aspect of them.

“In December Cllr Shirley Holloway and I successfully passed an amendment at Council calling upon the Conservative administration to ensure that community stakeholder groups are set up as part of the process of commissioning new health services at Thornbury and Frenchay. We will be reminding the administration that they must honour this commitment to local people, to ensure that residents’ voices are heard as part of this process.”  

Commenting on proposed facilities, Lib Dem lead member for Heath Scrutiny, Cllr Sue Hope, said: “While we welcome any additional health services for South Gloucestershire, we must be clear that these proposals still fall far short of meeting future local health needs. The new Thornbury facility will likely see 6-10 NHS beds and around 36 beds for dementia patients within a nursing home. This in no way constitutes a ‘new hospital’ for Thornbury, despite misleading Conservative claims to the contrary. We will continue to lobby Government and local health managers to deliver the health facilities local people need.” 


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