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.


20 JUN 2018

NHS Funding

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the 38 Degrees campaign regarding NHS funding, this is a topic firmly on my radar as a former GP and I have attended many meetings and been involved with many organisations and groups campaigning on future funding.

I do support a long term and ambitious uplift to funding of the NHS and I feel that this should take a whole system approach to the NHS, social care and public health. I can assure you that this remains central to my work as your MP.

I have met in person to discuss NHS funding with the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Health, the Head of the NHS and I am working with the MHCLG Committee on social care issues. I have also written to the Chancellor as you can see via the following link

I have had many other meetings in parliament about NHS funding and you can view more details about some of these via the following links:

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches/nhs-clinical-commissioners/2722

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches/larwood/2613

I have also spoken in parliament about this as you can see via the following links:

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches/social-care/2497

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches/health-and-social-care-budgets/2222

The Speaker's Lecture I delivered on the NHS may also be of interest

You may also be interested in the following articles I wrote on this topic:

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/sarah's-blog/political-courage-is-required-and-determination/2533

http://www.drsarah.org.uk/sarah's-blog/nhs-funding/2522

The Health Select Committee which I chair is also undertaking an inquiry in to the long term funding of adult social care.

Health and social care are irrevocably intertwined and I was pleased to be part of the Citizens Assembly on the future of social care in Birmingham

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