Last week the government announced 18 innovative projects that will be awarded up to £25,000 under the TechForce19 challenge. TechForce19 was established to find digital solutions to problems currently being faced by different people in society as a result of Covid-19.

 

Today (24.04.2020) the Portuguese community of Dagenham came together to provide over 65 individual homemade meals, along with cakes, doughnuts, and drinks to NHS staff at Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals. The donation was organised by Joseph who manages Santa Brava Ltd, a Portuguese café and deli at Dagenham East.

Joseph commented in a short video: “we wanted to give the NHS some support, to say thank you for everything from all of our community. I’m very proud of my customers for all they have contributed.”

 

Over the last few weeks of lockdown in Dagenham and Rainham we have begun to see what commentators have called a ‘crisis within a crisis’ referring to the alarming lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the health sector and social care facilities.

Jon Cruddas MP has worked alongside neighbouring MPs and local businesses to coordinate what PPE is available to the places that need it, but this week it has emerged through anonymous tip-offs that care homes are suffering the brunt of the crisis.

 

The shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been called a ‘crisis within a crisis’ by trade unions, yet the government have insisted that PPE is being delivered to frontline health workers. Over the last week the military have been assisting with the delivery of supplies but many staff across a range of care facilities have explained that it simply isn’t enough.

 

In light of the current Covid-19 crisis Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of organisations providing advice for constituents in a range of different circumstances. This week Jon was contacted by Diabetes UK who have provided specific advice for those living with diabetes across Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park.

Regular updates can be found here: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

 

The guidance for schools to stay open remains the same unless advised otherwise.  However, guidance has changed in relation to households with possible coronavirus infection:

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

The key messages are:

 

Jon Cruddas MP has been contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last week, and he has advised constituents to follow the official guidance issued by the UK Government, NHS, and local councils highlighted below. It is also advised to regularly check back with official information sources for any changes as this situation develops.

 

Last week, Havering’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced that Mungo Park Surgery based in South Hornchurch Health Centre is due to close. This move will mean that 3,149 local people will now have to travel between 2-4 miles further to see a GP. Last year walk-in services at the Health Centre were dramatically reduced and Jon Cruddas MP has raised his concerns about the decline in local NHS provisions.

 

Join the conversation and help design future plans for King George and Queen’s hospitals.

Over the last few months, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has been reviewing what King George and Queen’s hospitals should look like in the future to make sure that all residents, regardless of where they live, can access high-quality services across both sites. 

 

The Health Centre which is planned for the former St. George’s Hospital site in Hornchurch received a £17m cash injection this week bringing the facility one step closer for the community.

Jon Cruddas MP who represents Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park – the latter of which borders the proposed site has welcomed this news saying “whilst the £1.8bn funding boost from the government doesn’t even scratch the surface of what is needed to restore the NHS nationally, I am very pleased that some of this investment will reach residents in my constituency.”

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