Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 2nd October

British_steel_small_.jpgFull marks for British Steel celebrating the success of their first hundred days, turning in a profit.  This is down to their fantastic workforce. 

It was great to see British Steel attending a Jobs Fair for their first time under their new banner at the Baths Hall.  It was a busy, exciting event.  When I arrived people were queuing outside to get in eager to find out more about the opportunities on offer locally. 

As well as chatting to the many organisations present I was one of a number of local employers giving mock interviews to people who’d requested that experience.  I hope my interviewees found the experience useful!! 

If steel and jobs are my number one priority health is a close second.  It was good to catch up with Ashby Dental Practice now it is back up and running providing an excellent service to patients. 

It was good to hear from the GP practice representatives at the Patient Participation Group Forum.  The main concerns were around ensuring we recruit and retain GPs locally.  Recruitment and retention of medical staff was also a theme of the stakeholder meeting to report on the progress of the action plan in response to the Care Quality Commission Inspection of our local hospitals. 

I was able to reflect on all these conversations at the end of a day of health matters in a few moments of reflection as I donated blood at the session held at the Pods.  I smiled as I remembered that the local Women Against State Pension Injustice Group were sending birthday cards to the Prime Minister to try to jolt her conscience in relation to their plight. 

New_members_small.jpgMy week began at the Labour Party Conference speaking at fringe meetings on the way in which the world is changing and the challenges we will face as a nation by 2030 and how we need to get ready for them.  It ended with an excellent coffee morning meeting new Labour Party members.  It’s their energy and ideas that will ensure Labour does have the answers!

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