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Penn School – update from Bucks County Council


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This morning, I have had confirmation from Bucks County Council it is actively working with parents to find places at new schools for current Penn School students. The Council has been in touch with the special education needs and disability team at the Department for Education and the Department has endorsed the actions the Council is taking. Fifteen children from Bucks are affected by the closure, eight of whom live in the Wycombe constituency. A number have already been found new places […]

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Further Penn School update


I have recently been in contact with the County Council Cabinet Member for Education & Skills, Councillor Zahir Mohammed, and the office of the Secretary of State for Education to see what might be done for Penn School. Councillor Zahir has been working closely with officials, meeting parents on Monday. I have also pored over the School’s inspection reports. I know the situation is causing substantial anxiety and it is clear why. At the inspection of 8-9 May 2013, the school […]

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Penn School update


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Penn School is an independent school in Wycombe constituency which specialises in the education of young people with communication difficulties associated with speech, language, hearing impairment and autistic spectrum conditions. The School has been placed into administration. The situation is thoroughly unsatisfactory for all involved. Parents in particular are bound to be highly anxious about the future. The School was established in 2001, after the previous owners decided to reorganise its special education provision.  The property and other financial assets were invested in the […]

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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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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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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 Royal College of Emergency Medicine Launch Event


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Further to my previous posts, yesterday saw the launch of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine fact sheet with an event hosted in the Palace of Westminster by myself and the RCEM. At the launch event, MPs, local stakeholders and RCEM clinicians were able to discuss their various involvement in and experiences of emergency medicine, and how to improve these services. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, began by thanking the frontline clinicians as well as the wider […]

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Armed Forces Day in Buckinghamshire, Saturday 27 June – please volunteer


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This year, Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Aylesbury Rugby Club. We must never forget the achievements and sacrifices made by servicemen and women, their families, and those veterans whose bravery has secured our freedom in some of the most dangerous and challenging conditions. This year’s event plays host to the air show including flypasts by P51 Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane to name a few. There will be  musical performances from The Memphis Belles, The Army […]

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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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