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 APR 2018

NHS Mandate

Thank you for contacting me about the NHS mandate.

I share your concern and have directly raised this issue with both the secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt, and with the Prime Minister. As you may already know I have written to the Prime Minister with the backing of over 100 backbench colleagues from across the House of Commons, calling for a whole system approach to the funding of the NHS, social care and public health with an uplift in funding now alongside a long-term settlement. Here is a link to that letter.

The challenge of meeting all the targets set by the NHS requires more than attention to funding alone. In my capacity as chair of the Health and Social Care Committee in parliament, I will continue to look at all the underlying issues including the workforce challenge and the way that this affects coastal and rural communities in places such as South Devon. You may be interested to read the committee's recent report on the nursing workforce.

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