A focus on healthcare and community services

I am campaigning for:

- funds for a new health centre on the St George's Hospital site in Hornchurch to reduce pressure on Queen's Hospital.

- improved patient care at Queen's Hospital, Romford, as it continues its journey out of special measures. 

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

- improved access to drugs for constituents with rare conditions.

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



Hornchurch Baptist Church supports pioneering neonatal work

This morning I met Hornchurch resident and Imperial College researcher, Professor Hippolite Amadi, to discuss his work to reduce neonatal deaths in Nigeria and the tremendous support he has received for that work from Hornchurch Baptist Church. 

Fight for new Hornchurch health centre goes on

We plough on with our campaign for a new health centre on the former St George’s Hospital site on Suttons Lane, and today brought together two different parts of the NHS to try to work through some of the barriers to the development.

Welcoming the St Andrew's Escape Group to Parliament

Tonight I welcomed members of the St Andrew's Escape Group, Hornchurch, to parliament as part of their busy social programme. I hosted the group for a question and answer session about local issues and my work in parliament, before taking them on a personal tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Health Secretary commits to looking at St George's bid again

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.

Welcoming Harold Wood WI to parliament

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.

Romford Recorder Column

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.