Tonight’s July Council meeting – how to watch & what to expect

Town Hall
Cllr Mark Elliott at the Town Hall

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Last month I tried to get back into the habit of using my blog to shed some light on Full Council meetings at the Town Hall, for those interested! My blog post in advance of the June Full Council received an unexpected mention in the meeting, as it turns out my one-time Labour opposite number Cllr John Fahy is a voracious reader!  I’m not sure he liked what he read.

Cllr Fahy aside, the post got a fair few views and a positive reception, so I will try to continue in advance of Full Council meetings from now on.

Firstly, you can watch the meeting online here – on which, more later – and you can find the agenda here. Continue reading Tonight’s July Council meeting – how to watch & what to expect

Why council meetings should be streamed online

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As a candidate in the Royal Borough of Greenwich council elections next year, I’m making it my business to pop along to council meetings to sit in the public gallery – which is where I was last night for a three-and-a-half hour sitting that as usual, was pretty disheartening stuff.

Labour’s tactics in silencing debate on two opposition motions put forward by the Conservative group were nothing short of a disgrace. Continue reading Why council meetings should be streamed online

Silent scandals and articles of faith

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Yesterday saw some much-needed blunt talk from the Health Secretary in a speech on what he called the “silent scandal” of errors in the NHS, which led to the needless deaths of 3,000 patients last year.

Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the University College London Hospitals also highlighted the 326 so-called hospital “never events” – mistakes that are so inexcusable they should never happen – that occurred in just 12 months.  This alarming category of mistakes include things such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, leaving foreign objects inside the body after an operation and the misidentification of patients.

Continue reading Silent scandals and articles of faith