Saturday, March 10, 2007

Patricia Hewitt


Then a quick dash up to Durham City, where I facilitated a Labour Party Let's Talk session with Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt.

There were about 40 people there from around Durham and the Tees Valley. I spent an hour-and-a-half trying as tactfully as I could to break into discussions and move things on so Patricia could listen and respond to everyone there.

Patricia has an easy, conversational style which doesn't come across on TV. She dealt with the obvious flashpoint issues of Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool Hospitals, but also with issues as diverse as the role of the private sector in the NHS, community access and dentistry.

The issue which came up again and again was transport to health facilities, and Patricia promised to take this back to the Department.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about your party's proposed introduction of ID cards?

Darlington Councillor said...

I'm broadly in favour, anonymous. Having heard the issue debated several times at National Policy Forum events, I cannot see how any Government serious about tackling terrorism would be against them. There are also important benefits as far as illegal immigration and benefit fraud are concerned.

Although it may seem a bit geeky, have a look at Citizen Andreas' blog, which goes into many of the issues in great detail http://citizenandreas.blogspot.com/index.html

miketually said...

(Clicky version: Citizen Andreas)

There are loads of arguments against ID Cards: No2ID: The problems with "ID Cards"

Anonymous said...

The only way to stop illegal imigrants coming into this country is to beef up immigration.

Why do they want to come here? Why not France, Germany etc. The reason is we are a soft touch.

ID cards did not stop the Madrid bombing. ID cards were not in operation when the IRA was bombing this country. The risk of terrorism is a poor excuse for ID cards.

Ian White said...

Why are Labour wanting the individuals to pay for these cards if they want them so badly to play big brother with why dont they pay?
Secondly people can already clone/copy/forge NI cards, driving licences, credit cards what makes you think it wont only take them a week to get round these...I SAY NO!

miketually said...

I belive the chips have been hacked already.

It is possible to build a bomb which would only blow up if there was a British ID card within 10 feet...

Ian White said...

I carry my driving licence and that should be enough, this is just another srep forward into a police state with our civil liberties being slowly eroded away!
SAY NO TO ID and car tracking for that matter, another scheme they want, but for us the public to pay for!

miketually said...

Don't get me started on the car tracking...

Road pricing, yes. GPS computerised tracking systems, no!

Anonymous said...

It would seem that you are like all the other councillors in darlington, easily swayed and will do as they are told.

ID cards are an inherent abuse of civil liberties and another step to a state running our lives.

What would they achieve, apart form making lots of money for some labour old cronies company?

Nothing.

Anonymous said...

My grandad used to hae to carry an ID card during the war. It was called an "ausweiss" and it was so effective in preventing 'terorism' and illegal migration that later on they made him wear a yellow star too. Back in those days there were also several local politcians who expressed themselves as 'broadly in favour' of the scheme