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 NOV 2017

NHS Funding

Thank you for taking the time to email me about NHS funding.

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. I recently chaired 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.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Department of Health is of interest:

The Government is committed to a tax-funded NHS, free at the point of use, wherever and whenever you need it.
Despite tight public finances, the Government has actively supported the NHS's own plan for the future. That is why it is increasing NHS spending by a minimum of £8 billion in real terms over the next five years. This will ensure that by the end of this Parliament, everyone will be able to access GP services at evenings and weekends.
At the 2017 Spring Budget, additional capital funding was announced to support the NHS, with £325 million for local improvement plans and £100 million to improve A&E services.

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