Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Children and young people’s mental health services

by willforster on 19 February, 2018

I am becoming increasingly concerned about the long waiting times faced by children and young people with mental health problems. Surrey County Council’s Children and Education Select Committee expressed fury about the state of local mental health services at its last meeting in November, and the committee is due to discuss it again at its […]

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1,137 patients have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency Departments that serve Woking so far this winter – of these, 247 faced waits of over an hour. In the week to 31st December, 450 patients at St Peter’s Hospital and 440 at Royal Surrey County Hospital faced waits of […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have called for a scrutiny investigation following the disclosure that Surrey County Council have paid an undisclosed sum to Virgin Care, following legal proceedings over the awarding of a health contract. Virgin Care sued the County Council, alongside six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Surrey, citing “serious flaws” in […]

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Woking Council avoids £3 million in tax on Dukes Court

by willforster on 14 December, 2017

Woking Borough Council saved £3 million in Stamp Duty when it acquired the Dukes Court office building by purchasing a holding company. The Council agreed to buy the office block for just over £72 million, but will pay a maximum of just £360,000 in Stamp Duty on the deal by purchasing the Luxembourg-registered company that […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed their concern after an independent body, Healthwatch Surrey, criticised Surrey County Council for a lack of consultation and engagement after changes to the provision of sexual health services. Healthwatch Surrey has written to the County Council outlining their criticisms in relation to HIV services.  The letter states […]

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My Lib Dem colleagues and I have expressed deep concerns over plans by Surrey County Council to axe £2.8 million of the support it gives to the most vulnerable residents to support their housing needs. The County Council has launched a consultation on the proposals which if enacted would reduce the Housing Related Support budget by […]

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Why you should vote for me today

by willforster on 8 June, 2017

Since the snap General Election was called, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of people across Woking – whether that’s from knocking on doors, attending hustings, or people recognising me whilst I am out food shopping. I have met so many people, from first time voters to lifelong Conservatives, who are unhappy with […]

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The NHS in the South East could lose 6,400 staff from the European Union as a result of Theresa May’s extreme version of Brexit, the Lib Dems have warned. The NHS trusts have cover Woking could lose 930 European staff – 416 in Ashford and St Peters, 307 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and […]

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A mock estate agency called “Theresa May and Co” has been launched by the Lib Dems today attacking Theresa May’s Dementia Tax. The Conservative policy would force the sale of family homes to fund care for elderly and vulnerable relatives.  It is estimated that the Dementia Tax would cost £173,282 for someone receiving ten years […]

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100% of homes in Woking could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called ‘dementia tax’ – and as I wrote the other day, the average Surrey household could be forced to pay £337,726 for their social care if they suffer from dementia. That is why the Lib Dems and I have urged residents, irrespective […]

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