The Department of Health has been heavily criticis

first_imgThe Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care.The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, and Tory Alistair Burt – were all ministers of state, senior ministers one level below the secretary of state.But David Mowat, appointed in the ministerial reshuffle that followed the replacement of prime minister David Cameron by Theresa May, will only be a junior minister.His brief as minister for community health and care includes adult social care, carers, community services, cancer, dementia, learning difficulties and primary care.Mowat, MP for Warrington South since 2010, is a former global managing partner with the consulting firm Accenture, and describes his parliamentary interests as “energy policy, economic growth and job creation, occupational pensions and banking”.Other appointments under health secretary Jeremy Hunt include Philip Dunne as minister of state for health, and Nicola Blackwood as junior minister for public health and innovation, while Lord Prior remains as a junior minister covering all aspects of health in the House of Lords.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said that downgrading the role of social care minister “has to be a serious backward step”.He said: “Symbolically it is important; it communicates lowered priority for social care, when many experts and service-users thought it couldn’t get much worse.“We need committed, skilled ministers for social care. Truth is this should be a cabinet post, not a further downgraded one.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “I share the concerns that others have expressed about what would appear to be the political downgrading of social care, both in the ministerial responsibility being more junior and the restructuring of the Department of Health itself, which means there is no longer a specific senior social care responsibility. “Those of us involved in social care need to have a serious think about how we get over to the public the terrible experiences many disabled people and people with long-term health conditions are having as a result of funding cuts – being virtually institutionalised at home – given that the message is clearly not getting through to government.”Lamb said on Twitter that the decision to downgrade the ministerial role seemed “quite extraordinary” because “confronting [the] massive challenge in social care will be critical in sustaining [the] NHS”.A Department of Heath spokesman said the decision to make Mowat a junior minister “doesn’t mean social care is of any less importance to this government”.He said: “It doesn’t mean there has been a downgrading of social care just because that minister has been given a different job title.“The government is committed to social care. The commitments in place before the reshuffle are still there. The commitment to social care remains as strong as ever.”He added: “When it comes down to it, it is probably because Philip Dunne [who was previously a minister of state in the Ministry of Defence] has had more experience across government during the time he has been elected as an MP.”Picture: The Department of Health offices in Whitehalllast_img read more

Maps Art in the Mission

first_img 0% We’re publishing a new My Mission Zine in a few weeks – a sort of guide to the neighborhood, filled with thoughts from those who live here as well as maps of resources and local haunts.We’re asking for your help to crowd source our maps!Today map: Art in the Mission. Know any good sites we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments and we will add them.Many thanks! Click here to see the full map.Click here to see a full list of the maps. center_img Tags: Maps – Printable to Guide You Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

Bolivia woman accused of food stamp fraud

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bolivia woman is accused of committing food stamp fraud.According to arrest warrants, Sheila Emmons Deans, 57, forged someone else’s name on their food stamp recertification form. She’s then accused of using the EBT card as her own to buy groceries from Walmart, Piggly Wiggly, and Food Lion.- Advertisement – She’s charged with the following:Four counts of forgery of endorsementTwo counts of food stamp fraudSeven counts of obtain property by false pretenseShe’s accused of using the EBT card to purchase nearly $520 worth of groceries.The crimes happened between June of 2013 and June of 2015.Related Article: Wilmington Police: Man dies in S. 11th Street shootingShe is out of jail on bond.last_img

Senate stays quiet on GenX bill Clean Cape Fear begs for cooperation

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While the House came to a unanimous decision, the Senate remained tight-lipped.The bill passed by the house gives two million dollars for technology to identify and research GenX and other contaminants. As well as money for the Department of Environmental Quality to hire more personnel. But some state senators do not see this as a productive route to take.- Advertisement – “I support everything we can to provide clean water to my constituents, neighbors and family. I personally have serious concerns about the legislation as it does absolutely nothing to provide clean water to our citizens and may lead people to think otherwise,” Senator Michael Lee said.Local groups, like Clean Cape Fear, are hoping more will be done by lawmakers and are afraid they are forgetting about the people.“It’s appalling to me that our legislators would be playing these games with clean water. This is their job. It’s their job to protect us from things like this. I have two kids. You know, we buy our water and that’s not what we should be doing,” Dana Sargent, a Clean Cape Fear member, said.Related Article: Special session to let NC lawmakers change amendment languageBut Representative Bill Rabon says this is something which needs more attention and action than just testing.“Stop the discharge. Find out how we get this out of our drinking water at the water treatment level. Get it out of the water, make that water safe to drink for everyone. And then how do we dispose of the material that we have removed from the water,” Rabon said.The bill passed by the house asks for everything to be in place by June, but Senate leader Phil Berger said they are not going to discuss it until May.last_img read more

Leland hosts first ever Bike Rodeo

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Families headed to Leland Town Hall over the weekend for the town’s first ever Bike Rodeo.The event was put on by the town of Leland in partner with Leland Fire and Rescue, the Leland Police Department, and Safe Kids of Cape Fear.- Advertisement – The town recently received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to provide children with helmets.Deputy Chief Ronnie Hayes with Leland Fire and Emergency Services says rather than just give the helmets away, they wanted to teach kids how to be safe when riding a bicycle.“We’re a growing community in a town that has lots of bike friendly areas and neighborhoods, and we want the kids to be safe. We don’t want to have to go when we’re called on 911 calls like that, so we want to train them so they know how to take care of themselves,” said Hayes.Related Article: DINK FOR PINK: Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancerAfter the kids learned how to safely operate a bike, there was a special screening of the movie Cars 3 in Leland Municipal Park at dusk.Hayes said he hopes to continue the event in the future.last_img read more

CFPUA approves contracts to filter GenX and other compounds

first_imgA look inside the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant in Wilmington, NC (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board approved two contracts to begin filtering PFAS at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.The first is a $1,300,860 contract with Calgon Carbon to replace existing filter media at the plant.- Advertisement – The board also approved a $2,759,000 contract with Black & Veatch for the design of GAC treatment at the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. The agreements represent both an interim and long-term solution to reducing per- and polyfluorinated (PFAS) compounds found in the Cape Fear River.It is unclear what impact the compounds have on public health. Still, public health experts agree that reducing exposure to these compounds is beneficial.The board voted on Wednesday for the following:An interim solution to adjust the existing filtration process to reduce PFAS levels until the upgrade is complete. This interim solution takes filters out of service during the media replacement process and is not practical in the future as water demands increase. This interim solution can be in place as early as this winter.A long-term solution for PFAS reduction begins with a post-filter GAC treatment design for the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant. The approved contract includes the design and permitting, which are expected to be completed by July 2019.Related Article: Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarmCFPUA will hold four public meetings to discuss these next steps.The public is encouraged to attend any of the public meetings and to learn more about CFPUA’s plan, ask questions, and share comments. The dates, times, and locations will be announced later this week.The project is expected to cost $46 million.The CFPUA board approved a resolution to allow CFPUA to submit a grant application to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.CFPUA will request state grant assistance for construction of the new GAC facility at Sweeney.last_img read more

Get moving at the 21st Annual Oak Island Lighthouse RunWalk

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — You have a chance to fit some fitness into your weekend, with the 21st Annual Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk on Saturday, April 13.Co-chair of this year’s run, Seth Robbins, sat down with us to give all the details.- Advertisement – You can register here.last_img

Boiling Spring Lakes resident wins lengthy case against the city

first_img Back in 2014, Wilkie sued the city after a project to raise the levels of spring lake flooded part of their property for more than a year. Wilkie won the case, but the city appealed. The case went to the Appeals Court, State Supreme Court, back to the Appeals Court and, lastly to a trial court to assess damage.“The end result is that it cost the tax payers of Boiling Springs Lake over $70,000 and, us, residents got ‘ nothing’,” Wilkie said. “I didn’t want this, but I can’t give my property away.”Wilkie says, after the city removed the pipe elbows that raised the lake, it left $1,500 worth of damage. He is now waiting on a check for about $2,000 from the Clerk of Superior Courts.Related Article: NC Court of Appeals sides with Boiling Spring Lakes couple over flooded propertyWilkie encourages residents to stand up for their rights and speak up when things go awry in communities. BOILING SPRING LAKES,NC (WWAY) — One Boiling Spring Lakes resident is finally closing the books on a lengthy legal battle with the city. Ed Wilkie is now just waiting on his check.Just a few weeks ago, in the last round of a series of court appearances, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Wilkie.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Photos The Annual Guides and Scouts parade

first_img SharePrint The Malta Girl Guides and the Scout Association of Malta have once again joined forces on Sunday to produce the Annual Guides and Scouts Parade in Valletta.The President and Mrs Vella attend the Scouts and Girl Guides ParadeFollowing mass at the Phoenicia Hotel, thousands of young members together with their adult leaders marched through Valletta.Upon arrival in St. George’s Square they saluted the President of Malta, George Vella who was on the podium awaiting their arrival to take the salute as the patron of both associations.The President and Mrs Vella attend the Scouts and Girl Guides ParadeThe parade then continued towards Archbishop Street and up Merchants Street to end near the Auberge de Castille. Many people await this annual parade which is synonymous to colour, and tradition.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Climate change Biggest challenge is to get people to take policies on

first_imgEuropean Parliament VallettaEuropean Parliament Valletta BirdLife Malta CEO Mark Sultana said that the getting the public to take policies on board which are aimed at mitigating climate change, poses the biggest challenge to politicians.Sultana was speaking at a public discussion on the EU’s Roadmap to fighting climate change on Thursday. The discussion organized in Gozo is part of the European Parliament’s this Time I’m Voting campaign. Acting Head of the European Parliament Office in Malta Anna Zammit Vella, European Parliament Environmental Policies Specialist Baptiste Chatain, Deputy Head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Environment Kathiana Ghio, Malta’s Climate Change Simone Borg, and Mark Sultana participated in the public discussion.Sultana remarked that ‘the biggest challenge to politicians is to get people to take policies on board’, using the plastic bag loophole to explain better. The eNGO CEO underlined the need to highlight the risks associated with climate change as well as the dire need for people to start voicing their concern as well as more active participation. Sultana observed that despite the closing-down of the Marsa power station, Malta has some six or seven cruise liners recurrently docked in port, which use sulphur fuel that is dirtier than that used in the North Sea. Sultana remarked that the European Union is inviting civil organisations where the government is not, and that he explained, is the reason why civil organisations need the EU as it empowers them.Professor Simone Borg outlined the three main pillars of climate action: mitigation (reducing emissions), adaption to climate change and the governance of climate change issues. Borg reminded that the EU has required that all of its Member States to have a plan of how to achieve a low-carbon economy.During his keynote intervention Chatain observed how the European Union is only a fraction of the global scenario and stressed on the importance of achieving more through climate diplomacy.European Parliament VallettaZammit Vella highlighted how three quarters of Europeans want the EU to do more to protect the environment. During her introductory remarks she outlined the Parliament’s action and also spoke of the opportunity that Swedish green activist Greta Thunberg was given at the EP to voice her concerns.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more