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 Calls on More Action for Elderly Care

Speaking in Parliament last week, Bexhill and Battle MP, Huw Merriman, called for reform to enable local elderly and vulnerable residents to be given better care.

NHS staff must be protected at work

A positive event happened in Parliament last week: a debate which brought a rare consensus to the House of Commons chamber. The cause? A debate around a new law to protect emergency workers from assault.

Huw Joins Breast Cancer discussion in Parliament

This week I was pleased to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Breast Cancer for a discussion with the Health Minister, Steve Brine, and the Chief Executives of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now about cancer treatment and prevention.

Huw meets SUDEP Action

Michelle Samuel of Heathfield met with her local MP Huw Merriman to express her gratitude to local Business’ of Heathfield who have gone to great lengths to turn Heathfield purple to raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and other epilepsy-related deaths for Purple Day.

Local MPs Welcome Hospital Improvements

Local MPs, Amber Rudd and Huw Merriman, have welcomed the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) review of hospitals in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Sussex MPs Discuss NHS Changes

MPs from across Sussex met this week with local NHS leaders from Sussex and East Surrey to discuss proposed changes to the area's health service.