LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 16/5/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 16 May, 2018
OUT-OF-HOURS GP APPOINTMENTS FAILING TO MEET TARGETS
New NHS figures show that many surgeries across Norfolk and Waveney are failing to meet planned Government targets for out-of-hours appointments.
The figures show over 280,000 patients can’t get access to a doctor’s appointment in extended hours.
In South Norfolk, nearly 60 thousand people, or about 25 % of people registered with a surgery, have no access to seeing a GP at weekends or early morning and evening on weekdays.
It’s understood discussions are continuing with all practices to provide full cover by the autumn.
STRONG OPPOSITION TO PLANS FOR SCHOOL BUS CUTS
Suffolk county council are being urged to re-think plans to cut funding for school bus services.
More than 3,600 people have replied to a consultation on the cuts and it’s understood that many of the replies are strongly against the idea.
In the survey, more than 80 percent of replies strongly opposed the proposed reduction which has caused concern in the county’s rural areas.
NORFOLK TO TARGET SCAMMERS
A new initiative has been launched in Norfolk to tackle scamming especially involving older people.
Norfolk Trading Standards is aiming to make the county one of the leaders in the fight against scammers.
It’s started a new partnership campaign to raise awareness and help people to avoid becoming victims.
N.T.S. says that over half of people aged over 65 have been targeted by scammers, on the telephone, in person or by other means.
BRESSINGHAM CHURCH RESTORATION
Villagers in Bressingham have completed a major restoration project to save their church.
The villagers raised £300,000 for vital restoration work at St John The Baptist Church a Grade 1 listed building.
A fund raising campaign was started in 2013 after a report stated that immediate repair work was needed.
The restoration got underway after a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund which paid for much of the work.
Now several special events will take place this weekend to mark the end of the project.