On Monday 9th January I challenged the Heath Secretary on how he plans to tackle the growing crisis in the NHS and social care. Government plans to use council tax rises to try and fill the huge gap in funding for social care are completely inadequate and will only increase inequality as the country’s poorest regions will be least able to raise the money they so desperately need.
I was honoured to officially open the new cinema lounge and therapy area at Wyggeston’s Hospital, following their successful application to the National Lottery for funding. The funding has enabled Wyggeston’s Hospital to provide an area for elderly residents to watch films, chat and spend time with one and other in a relaxed atmosphere.
It is really important that elderly people get high quality care and support and I’m delighted that Wyggeston’s Hospital has created this superb new facility in my constituency.
My latest article for the Leicester Mercury is about how we can better support people in Leicester caring for older family members. You can read it here.
I’m really proud to work with Independent Age and MPs from other parties to find long-term solutions for the NHS and social care. The challenges the NHS and social care face are bigger now than at any point in our history. NHS finances are under huge strain, many are not receiving the care they need and, as our population ages, demand for care will increase. We must face up to the big issue of how we fund services to ensure they are fit for the future. This is why I’m supporting the NHS and Social Care (Commission) Bill, which calls for cross-party support for an independent commission into the future of the NHS and social care.