The most recent Intelligent Monitoring Report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is still struggling to hit targets. Following an inspection by the CQC, these hospitals have been determined to be at risk for several indicators of poor care.

Thousands of fantastic entries were submitted to Jon Cruddas MP’s Christmas Card Competition from local schoolchildren across the constituency this year. After much deliberation, Jon was able to choose the winners, and on Friday 5th December he invited them to his presentation event and awarded them their much deserved prizes.

The event was held in the Dagenham Civic Centre and saw an excellent turnout of young winners, parents and guardians, teachers and sponsors from the local business community. 

Applications have just become available for the Social Mobility Foundation’s 2015 internship and university preparation programmes. The Social Mobility Foundation runs a number of completely free programmes that place high-achieving and motivated Year 12 students in professional internships in London. Students who qualify and are accepted will receive an internship placement in one of eleven professional pathways, career workshops, and university application support.

Recently both Barking and Dagenham CCG and Havering CCG, the two clinical commissioning groups in the constituency, have been singled out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) due to their failure to provide the number of IVF cycles that they claimed were available to their patients. While Barking and Dagenham CCG and Havering CCG advertise that their patients are have access to three rounds of IVF, the number recommended to maximize fertility, NICE has discovered that in practice the CCGs generally provide only one round.

Our representative in City Hall, John Biggs – London Assembly Member for City & East has launched a Living in London survey to demonstrate how the Mayor of London’s policies are affecting local people. It is John’s job to hold Boris Johnson to account, but to do that he needs the help of Londoners.

Over the last year London has seen drastic policing cuts, soaring housing costs and transport fares continuing to rise.

It’s that time of year again, the MP’s Christmas Card Competition and Jon Cruddas, as with previous years has spent days agonizing over the winning card. Since the cards were collected from the thirteen schools taking part Jon has been up all night surrounded by cards trying to decide upon a winner.

This month, Tesco will be holding its fifth Neighborhood Food Collection campaign, with support from the Trussell Trust and FareShare. In stores across the country, Tesco shoppers will be encouraged to donate extra food to be collected and distributed to food banks for the needy this holiday season. Last July, this collection was able to provide 5.1 meals to the hungry. The first weeklong collection will be held between Monday 24th and Saturday 29th November. Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, continues to support this campaign, as he has during past collections.

This Monday, November 10th, marked the beginning of Trustees’ Week, a celebration of the one million charity trustees across England and Wales. Charities will be holding hundreds of events this week to thank their trustees for their hard work and dedication. Trustees are the backbone of any charity, and they perform many vital services often without much recognition.

Local MP Jon Cruddas has thrown his support behind a UK charity’s campaign to improve public transport access for the blind and partially sighted. Last Friday he donned a blindfold to experience a ride on the 103 bus near to his Dagenham and Rainham constituency office.

This weekend councils across the nation held Remembrance Day services in memory of all those who have given their lives in armed conflict. This year, November 11th marks 100 years since the start of World War I, one of the most destructive conflicts in modern history. This Armistice Day will provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the sacrifice all those who lost their lives in service to the nation. Dagenham and Rainham have a long and proud history of service in war.

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