[16/07/2019 | No comment]

Liz with Cancer Research Staff

Every year around 1,200 people in Leicester are diagnosed with cancer but the good news is there is now a huge amount we can do to treat cancer and prevent people from getting it in the first place.

I recently met with nurses from Cancer Research UK to talk about the two biggest causes of cancer – smoking and obesity. In particular, we discussed what more we can do to help people have a healthier diet and take more exercise.

Cancer Research UK are also warning that 1 in 10 NHS diagnostic posts are currently unfilled. This is a serious problem because the sooner cancer is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated and the greater the chance of survival.

That is why I have written to the Prime Minister to demand a long term, fully funded plan for the cancer workforce to address the shortages in our NHS and ensure every patient gets the best diagnosis, treatment and care – no matter where they live.

[24/06/2019 | No comment]

Every Friday I like to get out and about speaking to local people about any issues or concerns they have. On Friday I held my latest coffee morning at the Manor House Community Centre.

Lots of residents came along and we discussed many issues including Brexit, NHS and school funding, the loss of over 75s free TV Licences crime and potholes!

If you’d like to come along to one of my coffee mornings then please do contact my office on {at} parliament(.)uk or call 0116 204 4980

[11/02/2019 | No comment]

On Friday I popped into our local Asda to hear about how the supermarket is helping to support local people.

I heard all about their work supporting our local foodbanks and their Breast Friend campaign with Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care. One in every two women don’t check their breasts regularly, and one in ten don’t check their breasts at all. The campaign is encouraging every woman to take the Pink Pledge to regularly check your breasts.

[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.

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