Update on Great Northern poor performance

Following my earlier post on the delays and cancellations on the Great Northern line,   I have now received a response to my letter from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) with their explanation for the delays to the service. You can read the letter here.
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Response from Joanne McCartney AM to the CQC’s “Inadequate” rating for NMUH

Responding to the CQC’s “Inadequate” rating for North Middlesex University Hospital, Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“Nobody can say they didn’t see this coming. This is the culmination of years of government underfunding, unnecessary restructuring and the resounding impact of the closure at Chase Farm.

“We’ve got a staffing crisis across London’s NHS of which this is by far the worst example. The reports we’ve had from North Middlesex about patients being left on trolleys for hours and plunging waiting times are startling. Unless the government reduces pressure on local health budgets and unless we see better primary care services locally to address pressure on A&E services, this crisis is only going to escalate.

“I’ve raised this with the Mayor and he has agreed to address the issue with the Regional Director for NHS London. I’ll also be sending a copy of this report to the Mayor. It’s shameful the Health Secretary hasn’t stepped up to address this problem.”

Mayor breaks his promise to reopen Bowes Road footbridge this March

The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed that they will not reopen the Bowes Road footbridge this month as promised. TfL had promised that the footbridge would reopen by 29th March 2016, but told London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM that there have been further delays to the works. The news of the delayed reopening comes almost two years after Ms McCartney first raised her concerns with TfL and almost a year after she escalated her concerns to the Mayor of London when TfL missed their original target of April 2015.
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Boris Johnson’s failing apprenticeship programme is entrenching London’s gender divide

Gender splits in London’s apprenticeships remain firmly entrenched, new analysis has revealed. Analysis of government data by Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney, showed that last year men dominated at all levels in London’s construction and engineering industries, whilst women continued to lead the field in health, education and retail. Ms McCartney accused Boris Johnson of being “completely culpable of failing to fix that divide”.
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Joanne McCartney questions Mayor on appalling number of London’s children living in poverty

In November 2014 Mayor’s Question Time, I again asked a question to the Mayor on what action he is taking to address the shocking levels of child poverty in London. You can watch a video of the exchange here:


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