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Last week NHS England announced that GP services in Circuit Lane will stay in public control on an interim basis, and not run by a commercial private company for profit. The decision comes in response to a petition set up by Victoria and the local community and signed by over a thousand people to stop privatisation of their local surgery.

However, the danger of NHS privatisation continues to loom large across Reading West.

That's why Victoria Groulef, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Reading West, supports a Bill coming before Parliament to halt NHS privatisation and exempt the NHS from TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Reading West's current MP, Conservative Alok Sharma, has the chance to vote for the NHS and against privatisation on Friday 21 November.

Victoria has written directly to him, challenging him to back the private member's bill instead of voting time and again with his Government to plunge the health service into chaos.

Victoria said, "In 2012 Alok Sharma voted for his Government's policy to boost hospitals' earnings from private patients from 2% to 49%. The result has been longer NHS waiting lists, with many millions waiting for treatment. Mr Sharma ran on a manifesto that was not up front about these plans at the last election. Two years on from his vote for sudden and sneaky privatisation, it's time for him to say whether he stands up for his own Government's privatisation agenda or Reading patients' need for a strong NHS."

Labour has said it will repeal the Coalition Government's Health and Social Care Act, which brought in large-scale and rapid privatisation of the NHS if it wins the Election in May 2015.

Victoria said, "If I am elected the next MP for Reading West, I will vote to end the Cameron Government's privatisation. I support The People's NHS community campaign, which is fighting to stop the privatisation of the NHS and have been working on behalf of public health services across Reading, most recently in Southcote with Circuit Lane Surgery."

"I have no hesitation in backing this bill as it makes sure local patients get the care they need. I am deeply concerned that the same can't be said for our current MP. That's why I'm writing ahead of the vote to encourage him to reflect on this important issue and do the right thing for constituents. I hope he makes clear where he stands on the NHS with a vote on Friday which puts a stop to market forces tearing out the heart of our NHS."

Victoria challenges MP to halt NHS privatisation

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Victoria Groulef supported the first World Pancreatic Cancer Day by holding a 'Host for Hope' coffee morning in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK at Cafe Couture in Dee Park.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all of the 21 most common cancers in the UK with only around 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more.

This figure has hardly changed in 40 years. It is the 5th most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK, although it is predicted that pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the 4th most common cancer killer by 2030.

It is hoped this first annual World Pancreatic Cancer Day will increase awareness of the disease.

Victoria said, "Today is the first World Pancreatic Cancer Day. My mum was diagnosed with a pancreatic tumour two and a half years ago and has undergone major surgery. As many patients and medical professional know, diagnosing pancreatic cancer is very difficult because many of the symptoms do not appear in the early stages."

"That's why today is so important. Through this Host for Hope coffee morning, people can find encouragement to recognise some of the early persistent symptoms and the push they need to get those symptoms checked out."

More information about World Pancreatic Cancer Day can be found at http://goo.gl/FB060L.

More information about signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be found here: http://goo.gl/nxqbKU.

Victoria backs World Pancreatic Cancer Day

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NHS England have chosen a new GP services provider to run Circuit Lane Surgery, meeting the demands of a thousand signature-strong petition set up by Victoria, local Labour councillors, and the community.

Now that an interim provider has been found for Circuit Lane Surgery, Victoria has written to thank the many local residents who signed the petition calling on NHS England to retain some of the existing GP’s at the surgery, to ensure the surgery is not taken over by a commercial private company, and to involve local people in the decision making process.  

Victoria said, "The petition was sent to NHS England ahead of their decision to award the interim contract to NHS Berkshire Healthcare Trust.  I am in no doubt that the strength of community interest in the future of the surgery made a huge difference."

"It was the community that asked me and local councillors to launch the petition. As a team, we want to reassure all patients and local residents, that we will go on doing all we can to ensure the future of the surgery is secure. We will ensure that patients and the community are involved at every stage and kept up to date with any developments.  Circuit Lane Surgery will remain high on my agenda until a permanent provider is found."

Circuit Lane Surgery gets new interim GP services provider in victory for community

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Victoria Groulef, Labour's candidate for Parliament in Reading West, is celebrating a big birthday this year.

In honour of Victoria's big birthday, Reading Labour will be hitting the #LabourDoorstep on Saturday 22 November before enjoying a few drinks and birthday cake.

Save the date and come along!

Meet 10.30am at Reading Station (trains from London Paddington take only 32 minutes).

There'll even be cake...

For more information, message Victoria on Twitter or Facebook.

Join Victoria for a #LabourDoorstep birthday party!

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Victoria today joined servicemen and women, and the public, at a moving Remembrance Sunday service at Tilehurst War Memorial in Tilehurst Triangle.

Victoria said "Remembrance Sunday gives the nation the chance to show its gratitude to our Armed Forces, and recognise those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. This year's commemorations are particularly poignant because they mark the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War."

"It was an incredible tribute to our servicemen and women and veterans, and their families, to see so many people attend Remembrance Services across the constituency. It is an indication that, as we reflect on the loss of that generation who went to war in 1914, we are keenly aware of those who currently serve, most notably those who are returning home from Afghanistan."

Victoria marks Remembrance Sunday


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