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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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Health question on private provision


I had a supplementary health question yesterday on private and independent provision within the NHS which I think sheds some light on Labour’s actions and attitude: Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) (Lab): What recent meetings he has had with representatives of the private health care sector. The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Jeremy Hunt): In the past three months, I have had two meetings with private sector health care providers, both in China, helping them to win export orders. In the same […]

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Put patients in charge of the NHS


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Shortly before the 1911 National Insurance Act – the Act which practically destroyed the friendly societies and inaugurated the welfare state – the magazine of the Oddfellows carried this: Working men are awakening to the fact that this is a subtle attempt to take from the class to which they belong the administration of the great voluntary organisations which they have built up for themselves, and to hand over the future control to the paid servants of the governing class … […]

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CQC Report on Marlow Hospital


Yesterday morning I had some reassuring news on one of the local hospitals.  Marlow Community Hospital has been given a good report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following a routine inspection at the end of May.  The hospital is based in the neighbouring Beaconsfield constituency but is used by my constituents.   The CQC report states that patients are treated with respect, and have safe and appropriate care.  A full copy of the report can be viewed here. The new senior […]

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A&E closures


Rescue plans to relieve pressure on A&Es have been ordered by NHS chiefs, amid confusion over whether extra cash is available to meet spiralling demand. The move comes the day after David Prior, chair of the Care Quality Commission, said that pressure of admissions on A&E departments was “out of control” and “totally unsustainable”. He said too many patients were arriving as emergencies, when they should have been dealt with by GPs, social care or other services. He urged widespread […]

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Speech on accountability and transparency in the NHS


My speech in Parliament yesterday on accountability and transparency in the NHS may be found here. For reasons which should be apparent on reading it, I cannot comment further on the main substance of my remarks. The motion debated and passed unanimously was: That this House believes that in the wake of the Francis Report it is clear that accountability and transparency are of paramount importance to patient safety and trust in the NHS; and further believes that across the […]

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Public health grant increased for Buckinghamshire


Buckinghamshire County Council will receive almost twice as much grant from the Government as that was initially proposed when it takes over public health duties from the NHS in the spring. The new figure is approximately £30 per head for 2013/14. The latest announcement follows a year when the Council pressed the Government to allocate more money to deal with major health concerns such as smoking and obesity. Patricia Birchley, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council said: This announcement […]

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Dr Phillip Lee MP’s proposal for a new Thames Valley “super hospital”


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On Friday night, I attended a meeting in Marlow, with people from Marlow Bottom in my constituency, to discuss proposals from Dr Phillip Lee MP for a new Thames Valley super-hospital near Maidenhead. His proposals may be found here: PDF. Dr Lee’s courageous ideas would be a massive departure from NHS plans. The NHS intends a network of services across the region’s existing hospitals. Dr Lee wants a major new hub near Maidenhead surrounded by community hospitals, including in Wycombe. It is […]

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