Health and Social Care

Ensuring that constituents receive the best Health and Adult Social Care for their needs, has been a huge priority for me since my election in 2015. With a proportion of elderly constituents way above the national average, I speak regularly in Parliament as to the needs of the constituency. In East Sussex, our local NHS and County Council teams have taken the bold step to move their health and social care budgets together to ensure that the money is following the patient. This ‘Better Together’ programme should mean fewer hospital stays and faster discharges. My support for this programme, and the other changes being made nationally and locally, features heavily in all that I say and do on this subject. For 2017, I will be condensing all of my news, views and contributions in to this special Health and Social Care website section for constituents to better understand the improvements and the challenges in this area. Please do let me know if you wish to share your experience of Health and Social Care provision (be this positive or negative). 

News

MP Champions Pay Rises for NHS Staff and Teachers

Speaking this week in Parliament, local MP Huw Merriman welcomed the offer of a 6% per cent pay rise over the next three years for NHS staff and called for an increase in pay for teachers in East Sussex.

Mental Health Act: CQC Report

In the chamber today, Huw asked a question in the debate on the Mental Health Act: Care Quality Commission.

GP Services

Today Huw asked a question on GP Services in the chamber. You can watch Huw ask his question here: https://goo.gl/n2w3Cv and read the exchange below.

Huw:

 What steps he is taking to increase the capacity and availability of GP services. 

MP calls for action to support NHS

Local MP, Huw Merriman, this week spoke of his frustration following the cancellation of routine surgery due to winter challenges faced by the NHS.

NHS Winter Crisis

Today Huw asked a question to the Minister of State for the Department of Health on the NHS Winter Crisis. You can watch Huw's speech here: https://goo.gl/ktpYPK and read the exchange below.

Health Secretary Congratulates Local Hospital Trust

Speaking in the House of Commons this week, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, praised the local East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust which runs the Conquest, District and General and Bexhill Hospitals.