Harlow MP in discussions with health bosses over “Seven day NHS”

Politics / Thu 18th Jun 2015 at 03:36pm

FOLLOWING announcements for a seven-day NHS, Robert Halfon MP, met with health services in Harlow to discuss how the Government’s plans will help residents.

Mr Halfon first had a meeting with Phil Morley, the Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital, to discuss the improvements the hospital is making and how they are meeting their targets. Princess Alexandra provides front line health services to 350,000 patients in Harlow and the surrounding area.

Harlow has double the national average percentage of smokers which make up 40% of the adult population of the town. In the lower two socio-economic groups, the percentage of Harlow’s adult population that are smokers increases to 70%, making lung cancer a significant health issue facing people in the town. Despite this, cancer treatment targets are still being met.

93% of patients attending A&E are now being seen on time and 95% of patients would recommend the hospital’s A&E department to their friends and family. These are brilliant statistics and will continue to improve if patients have access to their doctors at weekends because they are less likely to visit A&E unnecessarily.

Robert Halfon also met with Rob Gerlis and Clare Morris from West Essex CCG who represent GP practices across West Essex to discuss what the Government’s plans for a seven-day NHS would mean for Harlow.

David Cameron promised that people will have “access to the NHS services they need seven days a week” by 2020. By this Autumn, Harlow will have an extra weekend service staffed by local GPs providing care to residents. This will make it easier to book a doctors appointments, quicker to access care, and more convenient for working people to access our NHS.

Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of NHS England, supports the Conservative’s plan for a seven-day NHS service. Mortality rates for patients admitted to hospitals at weekend are currently 12% higher than those admitted during the week because they often have to wait for crucial diagnostic tests and there are less health services available to them. Having a seven-day NHS will reduce pressures on emergency services and A&E departments, like at Princess Alexandra Hospital, so that the services they provide can continue to improve.

Mr Halfon will also be meeting soon with the Chief Executive of the North Essex Partnership, Andrew Gellard, whose service provides care and treatment for those suffering with mental health problems in Harlow. He says “I look forward to supporting these health services as they work together to continue to provide better care and treatment for Harlow residents.”

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1 Comment for Harlow MP in discussions with health bosses over “Seven day NHS”:

2015-07-02 18:24:18

Firstly, Robert - will the Government change the GP's contract to prevent the outsourcing of out of hours services? Secondly, what is the Government planning to do about the vast PFI debts left by Burnham and Labour? Thirdly, is the Government planning to scrap Hospital Parking charges? Fourthly, will the Government scrap tuition fees for Medical and Nursing University courses to encourage more young people to take these courses? And lastly, will the Government alter immigration rules to an Australian Points based system so we let in people with the skills we need, such as doctors and nurses? For readers interest - the UKIP answer to all five questions is yes!

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