A focus on healthcare and community services

I am campaigning for:

The fast delivery of a new health centre in Hornchurch - the St George's Health & Wellbeing Hub - to improve community care and reduce pressure on Queen's

We have secured £17m capital for a new NHS hub in Hornchurch after extensive lobbying of the Health Secretary, NHS and the Prime Minister since 2017 . We want to get this new health centre delivered as quickly as possible and are working with the NHS to make it happen. Further information on this health centre and how it will improve our local health community can be found here.

Improved patient care at Queen's Hospital, Romford 

My team and I are in frequent contact with the executive team at Queen's Hospital so that we can support services and flag any issues brought to us by constituents. We have seen improvements in blood testing services and a new plan is being rolled out on out-of-hours services.

Improved access to drugs for constituents with rare conditions

We have led and been involved with several campaigns to improve access to specialist drug treatments for constituents who need them. 

I have been lobbying the Government for treatments for neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that typically affects young children, to be made available on the NHS. I had raised with the Prime Minister the case of my young constituent, Isla Caton, who has had to go abroad for treatments. Following this work and that of colleagues, I was pleased when treatments were made available on the NHS last year.

I have also been working with colleagues on a cross-party basis to secure access to vital drugs, such as Orkambi and Symkevi for those with cystic fibrosis. I am glad that our representations to Government and the drug manufacturer have been successful and that these drugs will now be made available free of charge on the NHS.

Better training facilities to ensure North East London has the next generation of doctors and nurses to serve our growing population

I was pleased to support an application for additional medical school places so that a branch campus of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentristy at Queen Mary University of London can be established in outer East London, this will help increase the popularity of the location for practitioners and encourage young people to consider a career in medicine.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England Board has offered 32 undergraduate medical education places to Barts and the London School of Medicine to start in 2019 - 20. 

Better integrated primary and social care for our growing elderly population, working with local charities, support groups, council and NHS

This will be aided significantly by the St. George's Health and Wellbeing Hub and I will continue to support stakeholders to integrate their services so to provide better and more joined-up services.

News

Prime Minister Introduces New Coronavirus Measures

Yesterday, the Prime Minister outlined the new restrictions designed to help us reduce the spread of coronavirus in the coming weeks. I have summarised the new introductions below however I have also attached the Prime Minister’s letter to all MPs at the bottom of this article.

Meeting with Tony Chambers of BHRUT

This morning I caught up with Tony Chambers, Chief Executive of our local NHS Trust, BHRUT, to raise constituents' concerns about blood testing, maternity services and management of the pandemic during the winter.

Local hospital trust gets extra A&E support

An additional £150 million capital funding has today been provided by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, to expand and upgrade 25 more A&Es to reduce overcrowding and improve infection control ahead of winter.

New Coronavirus Guidance

This week, the Prime Minister announced a new rule of six for social gatherings, helping to control and suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Statutory Sick Pay Extension

Team Lopez:

Yesterday, the Department for Work and Pensions announced changes to Statutory Sick Pay for those that are required to self-isolate ahead of planned surgery.

Face Coverings and New Guidance

From today, constituents must wear a face covering by law when using public transport, indoor transport hubs, shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices.

Local hospice to benefit from government coronavirus support

Havering's St Francis Hospice has welcomed this week's announcement of new government support for UK hospices as part of a £750 million package to ensure charities can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Combating the Covid-19 pandemic presents to our nation and the world at large an exceptional set of challenges. The government will be doing everything we can to protect lives, guided by the best scientists and clinicians in the world.