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Shas Sheehan

Shas Sheehan, Vince Cable MP, Ed Davey MP and Susan Kramer delivering petition to 10 Downing Street to save local NHS services.

Shas delivering petition to save local NHS services, together with Vince Cable MP, Ed Davey MP and Susan Kramer. They were accompanied by Raynes Park mum Francesca Woodhouse and baby Isabella, who was born at Kingston hospital.

Parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon, 2010 General Election.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Oct 22, 2014

    On Monday, students and staff at Whatley Avenue centre were hit with the news that Merton Adult Education services could be cut or closed.

    The thunderbolt came out of the blue.

    On the single sheet of A4 we're told the six options being considered are:

    1. MAE continues as it currently is, with some changes in the service structure in order to meet budget reductions.

    2. MAE forms a shared service otherwise known as a soft federation with South Thames College sharing back office and management functions.

    3. MAE forms a shared service otherwise known as a soft federation with SCOLA sharing back office and management functions.

    4. Merton closes the college and becomes a commissioner of adult education services.

    5. Merton closes the college and becomes a commissioner of adult education services with Wandsworth.

    6. Merton ceases delivering adult education returning the funding to the Skills Funding Agency.


    Residents have been in contact with Shas to urge her to do everything possible to keep these services open for local people.

    There is no mention of a consultation. The sheet of paper ends with the line: "A final decision will be made in January 2015. It is difficult to pre-empt the outcome at this point however there will be opportunities for some staff to transfer under TUPE alongside the funding contract in relation to options 4 And 5. It is important to note any proposed changes will not be implemented until the new academic year August 2015."

    Closing Merton Adult Education, well used, well respected and praised by OFSTED would be short-sighted in the extreme.

    On the one hand the council is closing services and withdrawing funding from charities because of its commitment to the Ageing Well programme to keep people fit and active for longer, and on the other it is contemplating cutting the very services that adults, with time on their hands, would wish to engage in. Where is the sense in that?

    An online petition has been set up - you can sign by clicking on this link: http://shassheehan.org.uk/en/petition/protect-merton-adult-education-services

  • Petition: Oct 22, 2014

    Benjamin Franklin said "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest".

    I/we, the undersigned, call on Merton Council's Labour administration to maintain and protect Merton Adult Education services from threatened cuts and/or closure. Furthermore, we note that Merton Council has significant funds in its "Usable Reserves" and ask that these be invested in community services such as adult education services.

  • An afternoon at the Wimbledon Guild
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Shas has always believed that how a society treats its elderly people is a measure of how fair a society is.

    That's why she condemned the insulting 75p rise pensioners got from the Labour Government, back in 2000.

    Pensioners rightly felt cheated by a system which didn't make having a pension worthwhile. If people have worked incredibly hard their entire life, then the least the Government can do is to ensure that their pension is worth having.

  • St Helier with Tom Brake
    Article: Jul 4, 2014

    Is St Helier hospital safe now?

    The demise of the now discredited and disbanded Better Service Better Value (BSBV) was cheered by all of us who are campaigning to protect NHS services for local people.

    So, is St Helier safe now?

    The simple answer is no.

    I have serious concerns about its successor: the South West London Collaborative Commissioning (SWLCC) . This is made up of the six south west London CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups), this time with a remit to look more wholistically at health provision locally, so it will include community services, out of hours care and care for mental health service users.

  • Crossrail 2
    Article: Jun 21, 2014

    Residents in Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park have been left out in the cold, as the second phase of the Crossrail 2 consultation gets underway, says Shas Sheehan.

    Crossrail 2, the proposed new high-frequency, high-capacity rail line running underground through London from north to south, will have a major impact on Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park.

  • Petition: May 3, 2014

    I/We, the undersigned, ask the Department for Transport and South West Trains to include Raynes Park station in the "Access for All" programme.

    At the moment parents with buggies and people with mobility issues have to climb a flight of stairs and find it very difficult to access the southbound platform; a lift or a ramp to this platform will allow many more people to use our station.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

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    Article: Apr 14, 2014

    Millions to benefit from improved GP care

  • Article: Feb 19, 2014

    Shas Sheehan has welcomed the new statement by local health bosses confirming that they will scrap current recommendations to close essential services at St Helier hospital.

    Thank goodness. However it's a shame it cost £9m of taxpayers' money before commonsense prevailed.

    South West London's GPs and healthcare bosses have announced they are going back to the drawing board, but this time the six CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups), all local health providers and each of the six local authorities will work together to deliver a more joined up plan. This holistic approach could potentially deliver better, higher quality services for local people.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2014

    St Raphael's Hospice is a local charity that looks after local people faced with life-threatening illnesses. Local residents have found the loving care, their dying relatives received by the compassionate staff, comforting beyond description.

    They are finding it hard to believe that this much loved charity's future is in jeopardy.

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