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 FEB 2019

NHS Waiting Times

Thank you for writing to me about possible changes to NHS waiting times targets.

I agree that waiting time targets are important when it comes to the quality of care received by patients because we know that long waits can affect outcomes. There are also problems however if targets end up causing unintended consequences, for example, someone with a serious condition could end up waiting longer if staff are feeling under pressure to get minor non urgent cases seen first because they are close to a waiting time threshold.

This is why it is important in my view to continue to keep targets in place to protect standards but to review how they are operating. This will be led by the NHS through their clinical standards review and as chair of the Health Select Committee I will be looking closely at their recommendations.

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