Patients and local residents are being invited to attend three 'listening events' hosted by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and the national consumer champion for health and social care, Healthwatch.

The listening events, which will take place in September and October across Barking, Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, are being held so that local people can raise issues and put their questions to Trust staff.

These events are an opportunity for communities to help shape the Trust’s future by making sure staff running the hospital are aware of local people’s priorities for their healthcare.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented: “These events will be the perfect opportunity for residents to raise their concerns about local health care directly with those that can effect change. Our NHS is always a hot topic at my surgeries and in my constituency office, it is something that impacts on all of us. I think these events are a positive response to growing public concern, giving our community the chance to provide input into how services could be improved.”

Jon Cruddas is urging local residents to attend the meetings which will be held in Barking and Dagenham and in Havering.

Barking and Dagenham: 20th October 2pm-4pm Wood Lane Baptist Church, Wood Lane, Dagenham RM9 5SL

Havering: 30th September 4pm-6pm Regency Suite, Harefield Manor Hotel, 33 Main Road, Romford RM1 3DL

Those attending the sessions will also be provided with an update on key developments at the Trust such as, the progression of the Improvement Plan.

Chief Executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Matthew Hopkins, said: "We have a number of ways patients can give us their feedback but we want to make this easier for people by going out into our local communities and having an open and honest conversation about their experiences of our services, and what we could change to make them better.”

Jon is also running a campaign in South Havering to pressurise the government and Havering Council into investing more in local healthcare. If you would like to join the campaign by signing the petition please follow this link and add your name: http://www.joncruddas.org.uk/call-more-health-provision-rainham