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.

19 JUL 2017

Health Visitors

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about health visitors.

I agree that post-natal care is of the upmost importance and hope the following information on this matter from the Department of Health is of interest:

Health visitors play a very important role supporting parents and babies across the country.
The Government wants people to be empowered to shape and manage their own health and care and make meaningful choices, particularly for maternity services.
To help achieve this, the Government has increased the number of midwives by over 1,800. Furthermore, by the end of the Health Visitor Programme in April 2015, it had delivered almost 4,000 more health visitors compared to May 2010, an increase of around 50 per cent, with 1,000 HV students in training. Health Education England is ensuring sustainable development of the HV workforce and there are presently over 800 HV student training places commissioned.
The Government is committed to tackling perinatal mental health and that is why the HV programme funded the Institute of Health Visitors to train almost 600 perinatal mental health visitor champions to enable health visitors to identify and manage perinatal depression and other maternal mental health conditions.
In addition to the £365 million the Government has invested in improving perinatal mental health in England, it has also invested £2.24 million in new safety equipment. £1 million has been invested in improved training for staff to help deliver healthy babies more safely.

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