In November 2018 Jon Cruddas MP met with members of The Rainham Health Centre Patient Committee. Members discussed with Jon their concerns regarding Rainham Health Centre, one of the main problems being a pavement crater that was situated outside the centre.

The crater, which is displayed in the photo above, was large and a hazard to residents accessing the health centre. Elderly residents were constantly tripping over the broken pavement, and whenever the rain fell the crater would fill which proved to be extremely dangerous.

A Havering residential care home has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Ebury Court Residential Care Home Limited, has been rated Outstanding for being effective, responsive and well-led. It was rated Good for being safe and caring, following an inspection in September 2018.

The home provides care for up to 39 people, many of whom have dementia. People, relatives and staff all thought the service was extremely well-led and the management team cared deeply about people.

On Friday 19th of October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough visited Rainham Health Centre to meet with The Patients Committee. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the current situation and ongoing issues at the centre. The Patients Committee have become extremely concerned with diminishing services at the health centre and wanted to express their concerns to Jon with hope of help from their local MP.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear red flag to the Government that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

In October 2012, the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) launched the Right Care: a call to action initiative to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to become a dementia-friendly hospital and work in partnership with the NDAA to achieve this.

A report has recently been published about Dementia services in Barking and Dagenham by Healthwatch, an organisation which acts as the champions of consumers for local people in relation to health and social services. The report publishes new statistics on dementia and lists the many different services available to those who need them.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported many dementia awareness campaigns over the years and is committed to improving the lives of those who suffer from dementia and their families.

On 13th June 2018 Jon Cruddas MP wrote to NELFT (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) regarding Rainham Village Health Clinic and the loss of health visitors at the weekly weigh-in clinic. Jon received a detailed response a month later, after the issue was reviewed with Havering Council’s Integrated Care Director.

Firstly, it was stated that the decision of a weigh only clinic is a pilot scheme that will last three months and will be reviewed at the end of the three month trial.

Jon Cruddas MP has thrown his support behind Andy Walker’s cross-party campaign for an increase in critical care beds in local hospitals. Queen’s and King George’s Hospitals are both in desperate need for more adult critical care beds. A recent FOI has suggested that there are currently too few beds which is having a negative impact on mortality rates and better quality recoveries. Critical care beds are needed not only for operations, but they are also essential to treat a range of conditions where there needs to be organ support.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has cosigned a letter calling on the government to tackle childhood obesity. Even though there is a childhood obesity crisis across the nation, Barking and Dagenham have one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in London. According to the NHS one in four of year 6 pupils in this borough were considered obese. Due to the seriousness of this issue, Jon has joined Cancer Research and the Obesity Health Alliance in calling on the government to take action.

The most recent Care Quality Commission inspection found that whilst there had been some improvements in patient services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, it still ‘Requires Improvement’. This remains unchanged since the last inspection in 2016.

The CQC inspection did find some areas of outstanding practice.

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