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[30/01/2019 | No comment]

I had an amazing time on Friday visiting Holmfield Day Care Centre’s Reminiscence Village. The village is mocked up as a 1940s/50s high street and offers people living with dementia a passage back through time. 

There are over 2,500 people living with Dementia in Leicester, projects like this can make such a huge difference to their daily lives. 

But without the dedication of all the staff and volunteers none of this would have happened – so I’d like to thank each and every one of the them, especially Anne Byrne who came up with the idea and is up for this year’s Leicester Live’s Dementia Carer of the Year award! 

[08/01/2019 | No comment]

NHS England published its long term plan on 7 January. I have long campaigned for many of its goals, including tackling health inequalities, shifting the focus of care towards prevention and early intervention, joining up NHS services with social care, making better use of technology, improving the involvement of patients, families and the public, and securing parity of esteem between mental and physical health. But Government policies have made many of these goals impossible to achieve.  

Annual real terms growth of 3.4% a year for the next five years is lower than the NHS’s historic average of 4% a year and much less than the 7.4% annual real terms growth under the last Labour Government. The public sector pay freeze, slashing nurse bursaries, and increased pressure on staff due to years of underfunding has led to serious staff shortages.

We need a long-term NHS and social care plan backed with proper resources and a workforce strategy that genuinely supports all staff. In particular we need a long-term funding settlement for social care.

[17/12/2018 | No comment]

Thanks to matron Vicky Osborne and Deputy Head of Nursing Julie Lankester for showing me around Ward 17 at Glenfield Hopsital on Friday.

I also really enjoyed chatting to some of the patients of this high dependency care unit for people with breathing problems. They all told me of the excellent care they were receiving and how they hoped to be able to go home soon. 

A massive thanks goes to all NHS staff for the work you do over Christmas and New Year!!

[14/12/2018 | No comment]

Today I visited Glenfield Hospital to deliver my gift for an older person staying in hospital this Christmas.

Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time for many older people, let’s help make Christmas special for them! Please donate a gift, today is the deadline so if you can, take your donations to the main receptions at Glenfield, the Royal or the General. 

 

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