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The NHS in this Parliament


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Last year, the NHS saw and treated more people within the four hour A&E target than any other country. The NHS was heralded as the best healthcare system in the world according to experts at the Commonwealth Fund, ahead of France, Germany, the United States and Australia. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has echoed the Prime Minister in setting out a clear direction for the NHS in this Parliament, to deliver a truly 7-day health service. With complete consultant […]

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Joining a Healthwatch Bucks Dignity in Care ‘Enter and View’ Project


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In 2014, Bucks County Council commissioned Healthwatch Bucks to undertake a review of health and social care provision in residential homes and domiciliary care across Bucks. Since then, Healthwatch Bucks has been using its statutory powers to ‘Enter and View’ health and care providers and independently monitor the quality and effectiveness of care being provided. The goals of enter and view are to: Give service users and their carers a voice, sharing these with Commissioners and care providers Make recommendations on areas […]

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A Parliamentary question on the NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Ben Gummer, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Wycombe hospital could benefit from one of the excellent models in the “Five Year Forward View”. Will my hon. Friend make sure these excellent proposals are carried through with energy and alacrity? Ben Gummer: The strength of the NHS forward view is that it is a creation of the NHS itself, and we, as the only […]

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Problems with Transport to Hospital – Healthwatch Bucks Transport Report


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Healthwatch Bucks recently published a report which identifies that local people are still finding it difficult to access hospital services. The report attributes these difficulties to both gaps in transport services and a lack of awareness of transport options. For many residents in Bucks, the stress, anxiety and cost associated with getting to their appointments has become a major issue. This is a problem I have highlighted previously, when I caught the Arriva bus to Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2012 […]

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Parliamentary Question on the Keogh Review


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Recently, I tabled a parliamentary question to ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of progress by the NHS on implementation of the Keogh Review of urgent and emergency care; and if he will make a statement. Jane Ellison MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, responded as follows: On 3 June 2015, NHS England invited expressions of interest from organisations and partnerships across England to become vanguard sites for new […]

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The launch of the RCEM Emergency Care fact sheet


Today, I hosted the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s ‘Accident & Emergency: Essential Facts’. As the Secretary of State said during his speech at the event, the fact sheet produced by RCEM focuses the mind on the challenges facing emergency care today. The year 2014 saw 14.6 million patient attendances to A&E, equating to 30 patients per minute. The RCEM have produced a video summarising the key facts and data around A&Es and Emergency Medicine in the UK: […]

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Facilitating a responsible debate on Emergency Medicine


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Prior to the election I set out my five deliverable commitments on health. I pledged to: Demand an NHS Urgent Care Centre at Wycombe Hospital Continue to champion patients’ interests in Parliament and in Wycombe Ask Buckinghamshire County Council to explore buying out Labour’s expensive privately-financed hospitals across the county Campaign to increase local power over local NHS services Support commissioners to bring top-quality care closer to home Last month, I met with Dr. Clifford Mann, the President of the […]

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Local cardiac rehab charity Hearts & Souls shortlisted for Aviva Community Fund award: please vote in support


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Hearts & Souls, a Buckinghamshire cardiac rehabilitation charity, has been shortlisted for a £5000 award from the Aviva Community Fund. There is an excellent cardiac rehabilitation service at Wycombe hospital, helping patients get back to normal after cardiac events. The exercise sessions that form part of the rehabilitation programme depend on charitable donations. It costs more than £20,000 a year to run these exercise sessions and Hearts & Souls is a charity dedicated to raising this money. The £5000 award would be […]

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Positive results for cardiac rehabilitation trial at Wycombe Hospital


Coronary Heart Disease is the most common cause of disability and premature death, responsible for up to 88,000 deaths per year. UK annual expenditure reaches £2 billion per year on healthcare costs for treating coronary heart disease alone. A robust cardiac rehabilitation service can reduce cardiac readmissions by up to 56%. Analysis has also suggested improvements in the service nationally could release over £30 million per year in savings that could be reinvested in our NHS. In January 2014, the new Care4TodayTM […]

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Epilepsy safety awareness app launched in this Epilepsy Week


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In the last Parliament, I highlighted the tragic case of Jessica Monks, who died as a result of complications arising from her epilepsy. I have since taken a closer interest in this condition. This is National Epilepsy Week. It marks the launch of SUDEP Action’s ‘Stay Safe’ campaign. This campaign focuses on raising awareness of the risks associated with epilepsy and providing people experiencing seizures, their families and Health Professionals with the tools to monitor and take steps to lower […]

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