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

 

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

Breast cancer: It's time for action

Too many women are still dying from breast cancer in the UK. This year alone around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives. It’s time to act.

Kiln Court: Users WON'T lose out

People who rely on Kiln Court care home will NOT be left without the support they need when it closes in August.

Meningitis B awareness campaign announced

The Government has announced a new public awareness campaign to help parents spot the signs of meningitis and septicaemia, which will be launched later this year.

VIDEO Meningitis B vaccine: My speech

I paid tribute to Neil and Jenny Burdett, whose two-year-old daughter Faye died of Meningitis B, when I spoke in Parliament about the vaccination programme.

Understanding autism

I'm backing The National Autistic Society's campaign to improve public understanding of autism. 

VIDEO: Standing up for people with learning disabilities

I recently met the Kent Learning Disability Partnership Board, who told me that they often find the information the Government sends them confusing. I asked Disabilities Minister Justin Tomlinson what he is doing to make his department's communications easier to understand.