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Date:- 05 February 2007

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Letters To Editor:- "Good Medical Practice."

"WE would like to thank local MPs, Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley), Timothy Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) and John Pugh (Southport) for supporting the launch of our revised guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice, by joining over 60 MPs in signing an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons.

Our guidance emphasises the importance of an effective partnership between doctors and patients. To ensure that patients are made aware of doctors' commitment to this partnership with them we launched a UK wide poster campaign. The EDM ‘encourages the prominent display of the Good Medical Practice poster in all general practices, clinics and hospitals across the UK’.

We are delighted that Lindsay Hoyle, Timothy Farron and John Pugh have chosen to support our campaign and would encourage doctors and patients reading this letter to look at the new guidance and to display the poster. The revised Good Medical Practice can be found at:-"

Yours sincerely, Professor Sir Graeme Catto

The Mayor Of Sefton’s Grand Charity Ball

THE yearly event will be held at the Floral Hall in Southport on the 31 March 2007 from 7:00pm. Tickets will cost £35.00 with car parking passes for those attending at the back of the Ball Room on request. Not only will you be in the company of the Mayor, Councillor Tommy Mann, but also the glittering night will be packed full of fun. It comprises a Drinks Reception to open, a six course dinner with wine, a grand raffle and auction, dancing to Britain’s No 1 Band Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra and compere, Debi Jones. All the proceeds from this night of entertainment will go to many charitable and voluntary organisations across Sefton. Tables can accommodate up to or twelve guests so why not make it a celebration event for a birthday, anniversary or even a business success. You could also make it a fantastic night out for your friends.


SHE IS BACK!!! Roberta Lee is back on her Holidays and in Southport...

Blackout hits Birkdale and Hillside area

AT around 6pm on Saturday 3 February 2007, according to Scottish Power the section of the national grid run by Manweb lost power to large parts of Birkdale and Hillside plunging the area into darkness.

Merseyside was in the grips of fog and with streetlights and traffic lights being off, driving became very difficult.

The power took just over an hour to be restored to a large part of the area, but it took over half an hour longer for some parts to have the supply restored.

One driver said:- "It was strange. I was heading along Lord Street and then all the lights in front of me went off, yet Southport’s remained on. Then it was a free for all at all the traffic lights."

Another resident said:- "I remember the blackout and that was just how it felt." Some houses resorted to getting out candles to light up their homes.

Hillside Station used battery-power to illuminate the station platform and emergency lighting was used in some businesses.

When the power was restored the jolt triggered many house and business alarms.

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