Health & Social Care

The NHS is never far away from news headlines or politics, and the topic is emotive, and the fear of change is high.  Any criticism of the NHS is deemed an ‘attack’, and people often feel forced to choose either to defend it as a matter of principle, or be labelled a political opponent. The truth about an issue then becomes obscured, squeezed out in a political battle. It would be easy to lose sight of excellent patient care delivered every day from GPs surgeries to regional speciality units in our region.

Bedfordshire faces its own challenges, and local health care providers are working together to produce a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years. The STP process is important; there has been a lot of miss-information about it – mostly politically orientated – but we have been given assurances about the main services and I want to make sure that the services are configured for the best interests of my constituents and their health. That’s the most important thing for me and why I believe we should see what the process produces. There will be plenty of opportunity for consultation as part of that process.

News

NHS Staffing After Brexit

I have been contacted by constituents with concerns about ensuring that the NHS has the staff it needs once we have left the European Union.

New Primary Health Care Facility for Biddenham/Bromham

I was delighted to hear about plans to build a new primary care facility on the boundary between Biddenham and Bromham. It will be situated next to the new housing development underway in Biddenham, which has an agreement to provide a new GP surgery facility.

Immigration Bill and NHS Staffing

I have been contacted by constituents recently regarding the Immigration Bill and concerns that it may affect staff numbers in the NHS and care sector.

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

Thank you to those who have emailed me recently about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which will introduce legislation to replace the current system known as 'Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards'.  I appreciate the concerns that have been raised.

NHS Long Term Plan and waiting times

A number of constituents have contacted me about the NHS Long Term Plan, which was recently announced by the Prime Minister, and waiting times.

Long Term Plan for the NHS

This week, the Prime Minister launched the Long Term Plan for the NHS – a historic moment for patients in North East Bedfordshire and across the country.

Tax to fund the NHS

A large number of constituents have written in the run-up to the Budget to ask me that the cash settlement for the NHS that was set out in June should be funded by a fair tax rise. 

Tier 2 visas for NHS staff

Constituents have been in touch recently regarding the availability of Tier 2 visas for NHS staff.

NHS Future Funding

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, I welcome the Prime Minister’s historic funding announcement of an additional £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023/24.  This will benefit services up and down the country and support the NHS to make the right decisions for the long-term, setting it on a sus