Last week staff from the Sterile Services Department at King Georges Hospital and Queens Hospital contacted Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham regarding proposed outsourcing of services. The prime concerns centre on potential job losses and the subsequent negative impact this will have on the standard of care delivered by the Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Trust.

On Friday the 25th of August Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that they have secured a share of over £1.2 million funding from NHS England to recruit GPs from overseas. The local scheme will see 35 GP’s recruited to work in Havering, with hopes that the recruitment drive will help improve patient access to primary care services.

There has been increased concern regarding inadequate access to GP’s in the Barking, Dagenham and Havering areas. According to a recent press report the borough or Barking and Dagenham has been ranked the third worst place to see a GP in London, and the fourth worst in the country - a position that Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is eager to see change.  This is due in part to an ageing GP workforce, which leads to frequent retirements, as well as a lack of affordable new doctors, and an underfunded Primary Care Trust.

In September 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) required improvement.  The Trust is responsible for delivering integrated community and mental health services for Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Waltham Forest also including parts of Essex.  With just 6,000 staff they care for a total of 2.5 million people.

The office of Jon Cruddas MP is excited to announce that one of its star volunteers, Janis Cottee, will be participating in a webinar for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health this upcoming Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 from 12:00 – 13:00 in honour of World Delirium Day.

Janis, who has gone from strength to strength at Jon’s office, has also been invited to speak at numerous public events on the subject of dementia over the last few years – relaying her own personal story.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park attended an event in Parliament on Wednesday 1 February to show his support for World Cancer Day on Saturday 4 February, 2017. 

Jon met with representatives from seven of the UK’s leading charities who have joined forces to unite the nation and help people affected by cancer.

During 2016 local councillors and Labour Party members in Whalebone Ward Dagenham started campaigning to extend the number 86 bus route into Queen’s Hospital. There is currently no direct route for the people living in Chadwell Heath to get to Queen’s Hospital, leaving often elderly residents having to walk to the hospital from Romford Station. Whilst only 0.6 miles in distance, there are two busy junctions including a roundabout to navigate, with poorly lit underpasses which may be daunting for some residents.

As Christmas draws closer and 2016 comes to an end, I think it is important to remember all the victories we have shared in the past 12 months. Together we have successfully deferred many plans that would have seen our green spaces compromised across Rainham, South Hornchurch, and Elm Park at Ingrebourne Hill, Dovers Farm, and in Wennington Village. In Dagenham, after an 18 month campaign we secured the future of the iconic Civic Centre with Coventry University leasing the building to offer the boroughs first Higher Education facility.

This week the Government have announced that community pharmacies will face a 12% cut on current funding levels for the rest of this financial year, and a 7.4% cut on current levels the year after.

The pharmacy sector expect the effect of these cuts to be devastating and the government Minister previously responsible for pharmacy funding estimated earlier this year that up to 3,000, a quarter of all pharmacies, could close because of these cuts.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has recently thrown his support behind a new campaign, which seeks to support people in debt crisis that suffer from mental health issues. The campaign has been launched by the Money and mental Health Policy Institute, and has brought cross-party support, as well as the backing of a number of charities such as Mind, Rethink and StepChange.

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