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.

A recent publication has shown cancer survival rates in the UK to be low in comparison to neighbouring countries in Europe. The average one-year survival rate for the UK is 68 per cent, as a country with a long established and respectable National Health Service these statistics are not as good as they should be. At the moment, the UK lags far behind its international and European neighbours in cancer survival. By 2020, almost half of people will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime.

Recently the Havering and Barking & Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) contacted Jon Cruddas about their launch of a public consultation in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge on ‘making intermediate care better’. Intermediate care is the specialised care that is provided to people in their own homes to prevent them from needing to go or stay longer in hospitals. These services can also be provided in residential homes and community rehab units.

This article was originally published in Romford Recorder on March 9th 2014.

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March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and to mark it, Sam Gelder spoke to Chris Colley, who has recently been given the all-clear after an eight-month battle with the disease.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham recently circulated a community focus survey centred on the local NHS. The survey called for people to support the campaign against closures at King George’s Hospital. The survey also asked if people thought more resources should be invested to sort out the increasing problems at Queen’s Hospital.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident who brought this story to his attention regarding a local woman and her battle against cancer. Jon is in full support of the family and hopes that even in these hard times people will do all they can to help the them.

Here is Lauren Dixon's story:

MP Jon Cruddas says NHS reorganisation is putting local patient’s lives at risk

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New centre of excellence for older people proposed in Havering

Campaign for a better NHS in Dagenham and Rainham and to save the A&E and Maternity Unit at King George'.

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