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

Julia Lopez MP meets Hospital Chief Executive to discuss A&E improvements

Earlier this year Julia Lopez MP met with the Chief Executive of BHRUT, the hospital trust which runs Queen’s Hospital, and PELC, the health body responsible for Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC) including the UTC in Queen’s hospital, to discuss improvements for those attending the hospital for mino

First ever Women’s Health Strategy announced for England

Team Lopez - Last week, the government announced the first ever Women’s Health Strategy for England, tackling the gender health gap and increasing understanding of female specific health conditions to improve treatment for women.

COVID-19 AND FLU VACCINE DEPLOYMENT UPDATE

Team Lopez - Julia Lopez MP welcomes the government’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination and free flu vaccination campaigns.

On 15 July, the government accepted advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to offer a COVID-19 boost vaccine to:

Visit to Harold Hill Foodbank

I visited Harold Hill Foodbank on Friday to discuss how best my team and theirs can work together to assist local people in need of support.

MP meets new PELC exec to raise Urgent Care at Queen’s

Hornchurch & Upminster MP, Julia Lopez, took up residents’ concerns about A&E waits at Queen’s Hospital in a meeting today with Steve Rubery, incoming Chief Executive of the Partnership of East London Co-operatives (PELC), the body that manages Havering’s Urgent Treatment Centres.

Marking Carers' Week 2022 in Parliament

Hornchurch & Upminster MP, Julia Lopez, met Havering resident, Sandra Lawrence, this week in parliament to learn more about the experiences of unpaid carers.

Update on Midwifery Continuity of Carer Service

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the Midwifery Continuity of Carer Service (MCoC) and mothers they have supported at The Golden Crane pub to mark International Midwives Days.

Havering Memorial Woodland

Julia Lopez MP has welcomed the formal opening of the Memorial Woodland to remember the family and friends of those sadly lost to Covid-19.

Julia’s office attended the formal opening two years on from the first national lockdown on the National Day of Remembrance.