Recovering from the financial crash was never going to be easy, and the latest growth forecasts suggest there’s a way to go. But there was good news for the economy in last week’s budget. We have the lowest unemployment since the 1970s and rising wages for the lowest paid.
Winter is the toughest time for the NHS, and organisations in Kent are facing critical challenges. One of the biggest reasons local hospitals are struggling is because they can’t recruit enough doctors.
After all the marches, public meetings, delivering a petition to Downing Street and meetings with Jeremy Hunt, the NHS is finally considering a new hospital at Canterbury. This is a big success for the campaign. It’s an enormous credit to the hard work of CHEK campaigners.
On the walls at hospital A&E departments you often see posters saying things like ‘We want to help, don’t abuse us’, ‘Don’t take it out on our staff’ and ‘Stop abuse of NHS staff’. I find it shocking these posters are needed, but sadly they are.
As we saw two summers ago, closing the M20 during Operation Stack has a terrible impact on Kent, with roads brought to a standstill, businesses unable to function and patients delayed getting to hospital.
I am shocked by the scale of the proposal to build a huge solar farm at Cleve Hill, covering Graveney marshes with panels. I am keen to see more of our energy coming from renewable sources, and I welcome clean, cheap, unsubsidised energy.
Copyright 2019 Helen Whately Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent. All rights reserved.