September 2019: News from your local MP

September 24 2019

It’s such an honour to become Minister responsible for NHS

AS the summer holidays draw to an end, I wanted to begin this month's column by saying how pleased I was recently to see the final phase in the refurbishment of Kingswood Civic Centre completed, with the Red Cherry Coffee Lounge now open for visitors to drop in and have a piece of cake or a drink. 

The opening of the Coffee Lounge has been part of a three-year project to make the Civic Centre an even better service for our local residents, which has also included relocating the library to the Centre, making improvements to the One Stop Shop, and in addition making office space at the Centre available to hugely important local organisations such as the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust.

 These refurbishments have provided a much-needed revamp to one of our key local services and I am happy to see the Red Cherry Coffee Lounge completing this programme of improvements. 

Since I’ve been the local MP over the past 10 years, I know that the NHS is one of the most important issues for local people. Since the last Labour government closed Frenchay and threatened Cossham, we’ve seen Cossham receive a £21m upgrade, and new GP buildings such as at Beaufort Road in Emersons Green. Last month, I was appointed Health Minister by the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson- which is a real honour given my mum worked in the NHS and I sat on the Health Select Committee for three years. 

As part of our long term plan for the NHS we will be putting an extra £34billion into the NHS by 2023- a real terms rise of 3.4% every single year, over five years. I want to ensure that, both locally and nationally, I work as hard as possible for our NHS, investing not only in new hospitals but also in frontline staff, so that we have a world class health service that can meet every patient’s need.