On Thursday 23 October I appeared on the BBC’s Newsnight programme to discuss NHS England’s five year plan for the health service. This excellent report rightly says there will need to be big changes to NHS and social care services, and extra resources, to ensure our care system continues to meet the needs of patients and their families in future. You can read the five year plan here and watch Newsnight again here – the section of the programme starts at around 11 minutes in.
Since the Government announced its latest review into the future of children’s heart surgery back in June 2013, I’ve been working with Glenfield and its supporters to ensure that NHS England puts the clinical evidence and the quality of care at the heart of their decisions.
On Friday, NHS England held a consultation event in Leicester on the draft standards that will be used to assess and change heart services going forward. These present significant challenges and opportunities for heart surgery in Leicester, which include the possibly of moving children’s heart surgery from Glenfield to the LRI so that the unit shares the same location as other children’s services. I’d encourage all of my constituents to give their feedback during this consultation by completing the online form by 8th December. More information is available here.
I’m campaigning for more affordable housing in Leicester West – including building more rented social housing – and help for homeowners through the recession.
As Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People I’m campaigning for better services and support for older people, carers and their families, and a sustainable system for funding social care in future.
I’m working to help your family by pressing for faster progress in local schools, more improvements in our NHS, and continued investment in children’s early years.
Helping businesses and making sure people have got the skills and training they need to work and earn a decent living is a top priority in Leicester West.