Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

22 DEC 2017

Accountable Care Organisations

Thank you for taking the time to email me about Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)

I understand you would like me to sign EDM 660 on this matter, however like many MPs I do not sign any EDMs no matter how worthy the cause. This is because EDMs now cost a huge amount per year to administer and have no chance of changing the Law. They are in effect petitions which only MPs can sign. They have also been superseded by online petitions which can be on any issue for which the Government or Parliament is responsible and any which receive 10,000 signatures will receive a response from the Government. Those petitions which reach 100,000 signatures will almost always be debated in Parliament – unless it is an issue which has recently been debated. There are also concerns that EDMs may give a false impression that action is being taken.

Nonetheless, I hope that you will be pleased to hear that the Health Select Committee will be conducting an inquiry into Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and ACOs, in the New Year. You are very welcome to submit evidence to the inquiry and to sign up for email alerts to follow the committee's wider programme of work holding government and other health bodies to account:

I spend a huge amount of my time in Parliament campaigning on health issues and will continue to do so on behalf of all my constituents.

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