Hebden Bridge and other Calderdale GP practices’ patient data systems are unlawful

Hebden Bridge Group Practice and other GP practices in Calderdale use an electronic patient data system called TPP SystmOne that has an “enhanced data sharing” system that shares confidential patient data outside the GP practice eg with hospitals, care homes and community services.

Flaws in the system mean data protection is being breached as the sharing system gives access to our shared data to thousands of “authorised users” within the NHS, which is not what is supposed to happen. It should just go to whatever other NHS departments are treating you, in addition to your GP.
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Great line up for Calder Valley Welcomes Refugees Festival, Saturday October 29th in Hebden Bridge

On Saturday 29th October, Calderdale Freedom from Torture and Together We Grow are hosting a Welcome Festival at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, for Calder Valley to welcome refugees.  The Festival is from 1.30pm to 4pm.

The organisers would be very grateful for sponsorship towards covering transport costs for asylum seekers and refugees to come to this event, and providing them with a free lunch and refreshments.  Around 80 refugees and asylum seekers are expected, from Halifax, Rochdale, Leeds and Sheffield. Continue reading

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Local democracy is dead – Tory government overturns Lancs County Council decision on fracking

Preston New Road Action Group say they are devastated that Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, has upheld the appeals in favour of Cuadrilla, and overruled local democracy.

Undeterred, the Group say they will fight on. There is a protest tomorrow, 8th October, at Maple Farm forecourt – Preston New Road, Lancashire (between Blackpool & Preston – alongside World of Water). People are going from Calder Valley. Continue reading

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Calderdale Council consultation on what happens to Cragg Vale J&I school when they close its building

Calderdale Council is holding a public consultation on the future of the Cragg Vale Junior and Infant School. The Council has decided to close the school building because it is costly to run, maintain and update. They propose three possible courses of action:

  • Merge Cragg Vale with Scout Road Academy (this option is subject to the agreement of Scout Road Academy) or Calder High School.
  • Relocate Cragg Vale to a stand-alone provision on the Calder High School site.
  • Close Cragg Vale and ask parents for their preference at alternative schools.

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Moorland picnics and fun days

Hebden Bridge people will gather in St Georges Square at 9am on 12th and 13th August to protest the not-so-glorious 12th August, traditionally the start of the grouse shooting season.

It is widely accepted that mismanagement of the Walshaw Moor blanket bogs for intensive grouse rearing has contributed to three severe floods in Hebden Bridge over the last four years, and downstream in the Calder Valley.

Some households and businesses have still not recovered from the terrible Boxing Day flood last year, when the town centre was under up to five feet of filthy water. Continue reading

Halifax Scientific Society talk this evening on catastrophe of bare peat


At 7.15 this evening – Tuesday 9th August – Halifax Scientific Society hosts a meeting at Halifax Central Library, HX1 1UN, about the Catastrophe of Bare Peat. The  meeting is open to non-members as well as members.

Joe Margetts, of Moors for the Future, and Tom Aspinall will give a talk about the causes and effects of bare peat in Calderdale, how Moors for the Future are resolving the problem and the role of the public in monitoring changes to the health of peatlands.

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Unable to sleep, eat, breathe since Erdogan’s brutal clampdown – message from Istanbul

Plain Speaker may be a local news website for the Upper Calder Valley, but sometimes things happen in other parts of the world that are barely reported and desperately need to be brought to public attention.

Human rights abuses in Istanbul is a case in point.

A Turkish person living in Turkey has sent Plain Speaker information about civilian Erdogan supporters’ murder of soldiers on the night of the attempted coup, and horrific photographs that you may not want to look at. These are at the end of this post. Plain Speaker is withholding the identity of the information source, for obvious reasons. Continue reading

Please ask your MP to vote No to Trident in House of Commons on Monday 18th July

On Monday 18th July, MPs will vote on whether to renew Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. It is made up of 4  submarines – one of which is always on patrol – carrying up to 40 nuclear warheads on board.

Calder Valley people have lobbied their MPs to vote No to Trident

Yesterday members of Calder Valley CND for peace and justice lobbied their MPs Holly Lynch (Halifax) and Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley) in Parliament. Continue reading