Supporting our local NHS

My Aims

  • Improve services for people in Faversham and Mid Kent
  • Joined-up health and social care
  • Better mental health care
  • Hold the Government to account as a member of the Health Select Committee

 

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.

 

News

Junior doctors moved from Kent and Canterbury hospital

I’m deeply disappointed to hear there's to be a reduction in the number of Junior Doctors at Kent and Canterbury Hospital as the Trust has been unable to recruit enough consultants to oversee their training.

Medway Maritime hospital no longer in special measures

I’m delighted that Medway Maritime Hospital has turned things around, and is no longer in special measures following its latest CQC inspection. This is great news as it means patients are receiving better care.

I swear to take on mental illness

Mental illness should not be seen as an inevitable part of life. The current state of mental health treatment would simply never be accepted for a physical condition.

I'm concerned about Kent and Canterbury Urgent Care Centre

I have been contacted by people concerned about reports that the Kent and Canterbury Urgent Care Centre could be closed. I’m worried too, and have sought reassurance from Matthew Kershaw, the Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.

Minister, will you support a medical school in Kent?

Last week I called on the Government to support the building of a new medical school in Kent. Our county could benefit enormously from a medical school. We need more doctors locally, and Government plans to increase medical school places mean now is a golden opportunity.

The NHS and social care need to work together

NHS and Social Care organisations need to work together if we are to have better, more affordable and more sustainable healthcare. I made these points in a House of Commons debate, read what I said below or click to watch a video.

Mental health: Let's turn ambitions into actions

Mental illness affects everyone, from all backgrounds and all ages. One in four of us will experience a a mental health problem, so this is an issue that touches our families, our friends and our loved ones – all of us.