More GP and dentist appointments

Seeing a GP should be easy, but for lots of people locally it hasn’t felt that way since the pandemic - and the same goes for seeing an NHS dentist.

That’s why I’m teaming up with our local GPs, dentists and pharmacies to help increase the number of appointments locally, backed up by exciting government reforms. 

GPs are working harder than ever at the moment - delivering 10% more appointments than before the pandemic - and if we want to increase capacity further, we've got to change the way we do things.

That's why earlier this year we launched the Primary Care Recovery Plan. It's modernising the way we do primary care, with new tech, less bureaucracy, and a bigger role for community pharmacists - including allowing them for the first time ever to prescribe some medicines. 

It's going to be followed soon by the Dental Recovery Plan, setting out similar steps to make sure people can access the dental care they need in future.

As these are rolled out I'm going to be meeting pharmacists, our local NHS, and GPs themselves to discuss how these changes are going, what I can do to help, and where local people have concerns. Click on the links below to find out what I've been up to.

And finally, if you've been struggling to see your local GP, or have an issue with an NHS dentist - please do let me know. While I might not be able to solve it overnight, the data on where the issues are is going to be a huge help as we work on this.


Supporting mental health services for our carers

Working in healthcare can be stressful at the best of times, but the pandemic tested our local NHS and its staff to their limit.

We’re recruiting thousands more doctors, nurses, and healthcare support workers. But it’s also important to look after the staff we have.

Prime Minister and Chancellor visit Maidstone Hospital

I was delighted to welcomed Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to Maidstone Hospital this week.

The hospital is home to the Kent Oncology Centre, which is delivering some of the best cancer treatment in England.

Winter funding boost for our NHS

As we head into winter, NHS services are once again being stretched.

Hospitals, surgeries, and pharmacies are doing a tremendous job keeping services running while delivering booster vaccines and coping with rising Covid cases.

Major survey to put healthcare at the heart of our recovery

I’m determined to make sure that healthcare is at the heart of our plans to build back better from the pandemic.

As part of this, I’m sending a postal survey to all residents in Faversham on their experiences of health and care services during the pandemic.

Record investment to reform NHS and social care

The pandemic focused the attention of the whole country on social care.

Over the past 18 months we’ve provided £2 billion to stop the spread of Covid in care but the fragility of the system has never been clearer. 

Learning to live with Covid

For the past 18 months our lives have been determined by Covid. It has cancelled plans, pushed businesses to the brink, and taken loved ones from us.

While the pandemic is far from over, our phenomenal vaccine rollout has put us in a position where we can learn to live with the virus.

Kent medical school becomes a reality

It was great to join the Vice Chancellors of Canterbury Christchurch University and the University of Kent for a tour of the new STEM building in Canterbury.

Extra £3 million to tackle domestic abuse in Kent

Kent County Council is getting £3.1 million to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children.

This is part of a £125 million fund set up to support local authorities in England with their new obligations to support abuse victims.