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A Parliamentary Question about the NHS and Small Businesses


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During Department of Health questions on 7th February 2017, I raised a question with the Department of Health about NHS providers making slow payments to small businesses. This question arose from casework that I have been working on in Wycombe. Steve Baker MP: A small business in my constituency was driven out of business by slow payments for relatively small sums by NHS providers. Will he ensure strict compliance with the guidelines for timely payments? Philip Dunne MP (Minister of State Department of […]

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Making Kadcyla available on the NHS


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On 26th January 2017, I attended a back bench business debate in Parliament about the provisional decision not to provide the breast cancer drug Kadcyla for use in the NHS. The debate called for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and pharmaceutical company Roche to re-assess the decision and ensure Kadcyla is kept available for patients. I spoke briefly to represent patients in Wycombe: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing […]

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NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans must be published by the end of November


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In Wycombe, we all care passionately about the NHS and the future of local NHS services. Many local online activists sent campaign emails about the NHS Five Year Forward View and the Sustainability and Transformation Plans which will deliver it. On Tuesday 11th October, I raised the the issue at Health Questions: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): If he will take steps to ensure that clinical commissioning groups publish their proposals for implementing the NHS “Five Year Forward View”. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of […]

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Temporary staff costs in the NHS


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A recent article in the Bucks Free Press highlighted the financial strain on Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, following the publication of the most recent Trust Board meeting papers. The Bucks Free Press noted that temporary staff costs amounted to £22 million from April to December 2015. Workforce recruitment and retention in Bucks are key challenges. The cost of living in the local area relative to the NHS national pay structure is an important factor to be considered. With the exception of London […]

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Your Community, Your Care – an invitation to share your views


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are running a number of sessions called ‘Your Community, Your Care’ from 7th April – 12th May and are inviting members of the community to attend. Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are currently exploring how they can develop healthcare hubs that will better support community needs. The Trust are keen to hear thoughts and ideas from local people across Bucks about how they might best deliver care closer to home for the future. You can find more […]

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Jeremy Hunt speech at the Global Patient Safety Summit


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Recently, Jeremy Hunt addressed the Global Patient Safety Summit in London. A copy of his speech can be found here. The aim of the summit was to share learning and best practice on how to bring down levels of avoidable patient harm internationally. In a letter to colleagues, the Secretary of State set out the good progress that has already been made since the Francis Inquiry into Mid Staffs: …with the proportion of patients being harmed in the NHS dropping by […]

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Lynton House surgery


Cressex Health Centre has recently set out proposals to close Lynton House surgery on London Road and reorganise its services. It is proposed to move the practice to a new, smaller site within Wycombe Hospital and to also extend the number of appointments available to patients at their main surgery at Hanover House. Cressex Health Centre has explained the reasoning behind the proposals to all patients on its list.  Principally, the current surgery premises on London Road are not fit […]

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Care Quality Commission – Share your experience


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The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting the NHS 111 services at South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) from the 11-13 November 2015. As part of the inspection, the CQC have invited members of the public to share their experiences. If you have used the NHS 111 service in SCAS coverage area* please could you share your experience of the service with the CQC by using their online ‘Share Your Experience’ form at http://www.cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience-finder or by telephoning 03000 616161. Please include […]

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A Parliamentary question on Urgent and Emergency Care


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Yesterday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): What progress has been made towards the implementation of the Keogh review of urgent and emergency care? Mr Hunt: We are making good progress and we expect to make a substantive announcement on that before the end of the year. That will be about both improving the standard and quality of care in A and E departments, which […]

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Johnson & Johnson named Britain’s Healthiest Company 2015


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Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which has a major presence in High Wycombe, has been named Britain’s Healthiest Company and recognised as having Britain’s Healthiest Workforce following the UK’s largest wellness survey. Johnson & Johnson picked up the two awards after taking part in the joint initiative between The Sunday Telegraph, Mercer and VitalityHealth. The Healthiest Workforce award considered factors such as such as environment, staff engagement and participation, and company culture. Johnson & Johnson’s entry covered all three of its business sectors […]

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