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.



Visit to The Learning Centre, Harold Hill

On Friday morning the team and I visited The Learning Centre (TLC), Harold Hill, to meet Mick and Ann-Marie Spence, the dynamic family team behind the company. 

Asking about Isla at PMQs

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.

Health update - St George's and Queen's

Back in March, it was announced that NHS Property had sold the former St George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch to developer, Bellway, for more than £40 million.

Building links with Harold Wood's faith community

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting Reverend Vida Foday, who has pastoral responsibility for the Harold Wood Methodist Church as well as churches in Gidea Park and South Ockendon. 

Tapestry unlocks social care challenge

Havering has had the fastest growing number of children of any London borough over the past few years, and we also have the highest proportion of elderly residents in the capital. Healthcare is therefore high up the list of issues that constituents contact me about.

Local news for those who can't see

Today the team and I visited Havering Talking Newspaper, a remarkable Harold Wood charity that for decades has delivered weekly audio rundowns of important borough news to blind or partially sighted residents.

Securing Orkambi drug for constituents with Cystic Fibrosis

A number of constituents have written to me about accessing the Orkambi drug because they or a loved one have cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine.

Working to improve local autism services

Autism is an issue that is raised with me time and again by local parents, whether that is in relation to speech and language therapy, the need for better early years support or problems in finding work for young adults.