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The Future of Community Pharmacies


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On 20 October, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health, David Mowat MP, made a statement about the future of community pharmacy.  There was considerable local interest in the issue, especially in Downley, Lane End and Marlow Bottom, so I am delighted that the Government will introduce a Pharmacy Access Scheme in areas where there are fewer pharmacies and higher health needs. The Marlow Bottom Pharmacy, the Lane End Pharmacy, the Downley Pharmacy, Lansdales Pharmacy at Penn Surgery, the Tesco […]

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Vascular Services for Thames Valley and in Wycombe


Regular readers will know I am committed to the highest quality NHS healthcare for Wycombe residents. For specialist procedures, there is often a tension between quality and location: time and again, clinical imperatives on safety and quality lead to centralisation to enable consultants and other staff to deliver expert care. So, bearing in mind the debate I called in 2013, I was concerned to hear about changes to vascular services at Wycombe Hospital. From April 2016, patients from Buckinghamshire who seek specialist […]

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Community pharmacies update


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Yesterday there was an adjournment debate on the issue of community pharmacies. With the potential closure of pharmacies in Downley, Marlow and Marlow Bottom, this has been a source of interest for a number of Wycombe residents. During this debate, the Minister for Community and Social Care, Alistair Burt MP, made the following statement: I have seen at first hand the fantastic work that pharmacists are doing from within community pharmacies, such as in healthy living pharmacies and other settings, and […]

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Let’s spend our money on our priorities, like the NHS in Wycombe


A bill of £350 million every week for EU membership.  You may have seen this figure often in recent weeks. At a highly conservative estimate, it works out as a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year spent on the EU’s priorities. That’s a net contribution of £23 million every day of the year. Where is this money going? It helps the EU indoctrinate children (£500 million), subsidise three empty airports in Poland (£80 million) and transport 1000 officials from Belgium to France and back (£130 […]

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Junior doctors’ strikes reveal the fragility of patient-doctor relationships


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Today and tomorrow, junior doctors in our NHS are on strike. This action neglects taxpayers who expect world-class treatment around the clock, every day. Unlike previous occasions, this strike includes emergency services in hospitals across the UK. It is the BMA’s right to call this action, as a trade union representing those who work tirelessly to keep us healthy. The strike nevertheless rejects the fundamental principle that doctors are there to care for patients. Negotiations between the Government and the BMA led to agreement […]

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Compassion App launched to bring Wycombe communities together


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A High Wycombe resident has developed a new App to support users to capture and share inspiring moments, helping uplift others through motivating posts and interactions. The Compassion App encourages people to go beyond self-interest and give of oneself for the good of the other. The AnonCare App uses technology and age old values to create a shared responsibility for the well-being of others. Users are actively encouraged to empower and inspire others in poor health or isolation. The system […]

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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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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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