It was good to join the Trade Union delegates meeting at British Steel and hear firsthand how things are going. As always despite a very good first year as British Steel there remain a number of challenges for management and workforce. Some of these are within our own control to respond effectively to but some need proper support form Government. It really is time for them to step up to the mark with some action on procurement, energy costs, business rates and support for investment to help level the playing field with our european competitors.
Another business facing similar challenges is Lindsey Oil Refinery so I was pleased to be able to get briefed on how things are going there by the outgoing General Manager. It was also a good opportunity to welcome the new General Manager to his post.
I had a very busy Sainsbury's surgery with people raising a wide range of issues. It was good to catch up with Maggie Watts who dropped in to say hello. I was able to congratulate her on the success of her fantastic campaign to get abraxane available for pancreatic cancer patients. Something that was achieved with the decision by nice last week.
Finally it was good to meet the new Director of Public Health for North Lincolnshire. The Conservative Council tried to short change local people by not appointing to this post for some time so it is good that after I and others raised serious concerns they have finally filled the post. The health outcomes for people locally are not as good as the national average and public health has a really important role through prevention to make a difference. I was keen to hear about how the new Community Health Services will be delivered as there have been some issues raised with me about how the contract has just passed from NLAG to RDaSH. I was pleased to be assured that the performance will be tightly monitored.