Supporting our local NHS

Healthcare affects us all, whether we’re patients ourselves or our families and friends. As a parent, I make regular trips to the GP with my children and occasional visits to A&E too.

The major hospitals around this area are all in difficulties and many GPs are full to bursting, with patients queuing at 8am for appointments. The future of Faversham Minor Injuries Unit is uncertain (as I write).

Our local health services are not alone; GPs and hospitals around the country are struggling to cope. Although every year the NHS provides millions of people with excellent care, shocking cases have emerged where patients have been treated appallingly.

It’s easy to be critical but not necessarily helpful. I will champion our local NHS, work for good decisions and a fair share of funding. I use these services too. I want the NHS to provide excellent care to everyone who needs it.



First students take up their places at Kent Medical School

After years of hard work, the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) has welcomed its first students this month.

Just over 100 founding medical students have started their Batchelor of Medicine Batchelor of Surgery programme at the county’s first medical school.

More money for social care in Kent

An extra £1.6 billion is being provided by the Government to local authorities to help them respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils and volunteer groups are playing a crucial role in our response to the coronavirus.

Debt write-off for hospitals to tackle coronavirus

Now more than ever, money needs to be spent where it’s most needed in the health service.

I’m pleased the Government has decided to write off £13.4 billion of debt from NHS providers across England, freeing them up to invest in vital services.

Bringing British Nationals home

Coronavirus is a global pandemic. It requires an international response and the Government is stepping up to this challenge.

The UK’s international strategy has four main strands:

Coronavirus local contacts page

Councillors and volunteers are playing a crucial role in our response to the coronavirus.

I’ve been truly impressed at the scale and speed of the response here in Faversham and Mid Kent, from our County Council to parishes and community groups, and everything in between.

Supporting people with sight loss

Every day around 250 people begin to lose their sight.

I’m proud to be supporting the RNIB in their work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.

I want to make healthcare better for everyone in my new job

I’m delighted to have been appointed Minister of State in the Department for Health and Social Care, as part of last week’s reshuffle.

My new responsibilities include social care, the NHS workforce, as well as learning disabilities and autism.