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

Following extensive lobbying of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Prime Minister and NHS Executives, I am thrilled that the Government has now provided the £17m capital required to commence construction of this vital health centre. I am continuing to liaise with local health authorities, commissioners and community stakeholders to ensure that this development is provided as swiftly as possible and services are configured in a way that is most conducive to the community's needs. 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, as it continues its journey out of special measures 

I engage frequently with the Senior Leadership Team at Queen's Hospital and I am pleased that, in the 2018 Care Quality Commission report, their  rating within the Caring domain improved to 'Good'. I will continue to liaise with executives at the Trust to support them in their efforts to drive further improvements.

Improved access to drugs for constituents with rare conditions

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.


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.

Local clergy visit parliament to discuss community services

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. 

Celebrating Eid in Harold Hill

My team and I had a wonderful time celebrating Eid with members of Harold Hill's Muslim community this afternoon at the Havering and Ilford Scuba Club just off Gooshays Drive. 

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.