Will Forster

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Woking Walk In Centre under threat

by willforster on 8 February, 2020

NHS bosses are looking at plans that could involve the closure of the Walk In Centre at Woking Community Hospital. Woking’s Walk In Centre is currently open 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week, and provides a vital service to local people. The Walk In Centre is useful when patients cannot see their […]

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Thank you for your support

by willforster on 16 December, 2019

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the 16,629 people who voted for me to become Woking’s MP in last week’s General Election. Although I did not get over the line in Woking this time, the Lib Dems achieved our best result in a decade. We increased our vote […]

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Challenging my opponent to reject no-deal

by willforster on 8 December, 2019

I have today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020. The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU.  Under the Tory Party’s plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase […]

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NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

by willforster on 5 December, 2019

The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 6,180 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the South East in July to September 2019.  This means that over 13% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse. The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to […]

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Figures reveal exodus of EU NHS staff in local hospitals

by willforster on 26 November, 2019

Brexit is making the staffing crisis at St Peter’s and Royal Surrey NHS Trusts even worse, the Lib Dems have warned. Figures published by the Lib Dems reveal that 78 EU staff working at the Royal Surrey NHS Trust and 63 at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital have already left the health service this year. […]

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The 95% waiting target has not been met since July 2015.  Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004. It is shameful that patients in Woking are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment […]

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Part two of our ‘Plan for the Future’

by willforster on 6 November, 2019

The Lib Dems will treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health. The NHS is the envy of the world, but our mental health service is not.  Waiting times are being missed, people are not being referred for the treatment they need, and often action is taken only when at ‘crisis’ point, or too […]

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Stop Brexit and build a brighter future

by willforster on 31 October, 2019

The decision to hold a snap General Election on Thursday 12th December brings to an end one of the most disastrous governments in generations.  This is our chance to demand better for Britain, and Woking in particular.  In that election, I will be standing to become the Lib Dem MP for Woking Constituency.  As a local Councillor, […]

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World Mental Health Day

by willforster on 10 October, 2019

I was pleased to visit Woking Mind earlier – as it is World Mental Health Day. Woking Mind, which I am President of, hosted a cake and conversation event to mark World Mental Health Day that takes place on Thursday 10th October.  The day aimed to help people find simple ways to strike a conversation […]

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The Lib Dems and I have slammed the Conservatives as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing that the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust paid £910,381 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years. Former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money is being spent “lining the Government’s […]

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