Today in parliament Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, committed to working with me to review the bid for a new health centre on the St George’s Hospital site, Hornchurch, after the project was rejected for capital funding by the NHS earlier this week.
Tonight I welcomed the Harold Wood branch of the Women's Institute to parliament as part of their packed social and community calendar. We had the chance first to talk about the WI's work in the community and my role as the branch's local MP, before taking a tour of parliament.
Some of the hardest cases my team and I have dealt with since my election to parliament last year have concerned constituents who wished to highlight an illness affecting someone precious to them, or a time when a loved one did not receive the care they should have.
This afternoon I welcomed a group of clergy to parliament from churches in Cranham, Upminster and Ardleigh Green in order to build a stronger link between our office and the local faith community, enabling them to highlight to us any problems brought to them by parishioners.
Some of the trickiest problems we come across relate to getting hold of expensive experimental or relatively new treatments for constituents with rare diseases or illnesses where drug effectiveness has not yet been fully proven.