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.

16 OCT 2017

Capped Expenditure Process

Thank you for taking the time to email me about local health services and the Capped Expenditure Process (CEP).

I understand your concern about this and have raised it in Parliament, and directly with the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, and others involved in the financial governance of the NHS. I do not feel that further in-year cuts should be absorbed by Devon's health services. The savings demanded in the coming year have now been reduced and there are no plans to implement further community hospital closures.

I will be continuing to make the case for increased overall funding for both health and social care and for there to be cross Party working in delivering sustainable long term funding.

Next Tuesday I will be chairing a hearing of the Health Select Committee with Lord Patel and members of the House of Lords Committee to discuss their conclusions on achieving long term sustainability of NHS funding.

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