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

Consultation on the new Health and Wellbeing Hub at St George’s

Team Lopez – Julia has welcomed the consultation on the planning application for the new Health and Wellbeing Hub on the former St George’s Hospital site.

This project is critical to delivering integrated community healthcare in the future and reducing pressure on Queen’s Hospital. 

Accessible communcations for the deaf community

Today, Julia Lopez MP sent the attached letter to all MPs outlining the Government’s provisions to ensure that the approximately 80,000 deaf people for whom British Sign Language (BSL) is the first, preferred or only language, can access the live Coronavirus Press Conferences with the BSL.

£79 million boost for mental health support for children and young people

Team Lopez - The Government has announced that millions more children and young people will have access to significantly expanded mental health services, back by £79 million. This funding forms part of the £500 million for mental health announced at the 2021 to 2022 spending review.

Update on St George's

Today, I met with the St George’s NHS team to discuss progress on the delivery of this exciting new health centre. This project is critical to delivering integrated community healthcare in the future and reducing pressure on Queen’s Hospital.  

Regional Testing Site for COVID-19 opening in Dagenham and Rainham

Team Lopez – Julia Lopez MP has received the attached letter from the Minister for Innovation, Lord Bethell, who has confirmed that the Department for Health and Social Care is opening a Regional Test Site (RTS) in our neighbouring constituency of Dagenham and Rainham at Selinas Lane (RM8 1QH).

£1,355 million funding boost for London since start of the pandemic

Team Lopez - Julia Lopez MP has welcomed new analysis showing that local authorities across London have so far received an extra £1,355 million to support vital local services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with further funding confirmed for next year.

Vision Hornchurch Article – February 2021

After a long and difficult 2020, I know we were all looking to 2021 to bring us brighter days. Unfortunately, I write this column during January's lockdown and the pandemic continues its dreadful impact on all our lives.

Army helps out at Hornchurch Library vaccine hub

Our GPs invited me to the vaccine hub at Hornchurch Library today to see how the rollout is going on the ground, talk through constituents’ queries and give me feedback to pass to the national team, led by Nadhim Zahawi MP.

NHS Test and Trace in Hornchurch and Upminster

Team Lopez – Julia has received the attached letter from the Minister for Innovation, Lord Bethell, updating on the provision of coronavirus testing in the constituency.