In my last newsletter, I discussed the Parliamentary debate that I secured to highlight the funding issue facing Cambridgeshire’s NHS services. We continue to be the third lowest funded county per head in England and I have been working closely with our CCG to evidence this. As a result, and on the back of assurances made during the Parliamentary debate, I secured a meeting with the Minister, Stephen Hammond at which the Accountable Officer of our CCG, Jan Thomas presented our findings.
The Minister was receptive to our points and explained that the funding formula which determines allocations could not respond quickly enough to our rapidly growing population. Mr Hammond committed to work with the CCG and NHS England to look again at ways to correct the historical underfunding and ensure future growth projections better reflect actual growth, thus reducing the mismatch with per patient funding allocations. I will continue to follow up with the Department of Health and the CCG to ensure that the new administration honour this commitment.
In spite of the funding shortfall, our local NHS services continue to provide outstanding care and clinical expertise to those in need.
I was delighted to nominate the Arthur Rank Hospice for the NHS Parliamentary Care and Compassion Award and they proved to be worthy winners for the East of England category (pictured left). The team at the Hospice go above and beyond to deliver high quality care with compassion and expertise.
Just before the schools broke up for the summer holidays I made several visits to local Primary and Pre-Schools and saw the excellent work that they are all doing in spite of educational cost pressures. I wrote to the Prime Minister in early July, arguing that a cash injection for schools was needed now. 40 other MPs supported my letter. The Secretary of State responded, highlighting that he had set out a very strong case for Education as we approach the Treasury Spending Review at the end of the year. I will be making contact with the new Secretary of State when Parliament returns to hold him to this commitment.
In the meantime, I would like to thank Homerton Nursery, Great Abington Pre-School and Elsworth Pre-School for demonstrating how valuable quality early years care can be for every child. These schools place care and learning at the heart of their provision giving children happy, exciting and playful days full of discovery.
The learning journey continues at primary school and the same themes of learning, discovery and happiness were very much in evidence at Meldreth Primary and Girton Glebe Primary School when I visited. These thriving village schools want the very best for their pupils and are an extremely valuable part of our local communities. I wish the very best of luck to the Year 6 pupils who I met on my visits as they prepare to move up to secondary school. I will continue to fight for education funding that recognises that excellence in education needs resourcing and I am determined to deliver this message to the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State in the new school year.
Of course, summer holidays and warmer weather means that it’s fete season here in South Cambridgeshire and I was delighted to open the Bar Hill Fete (pictured left), one of the largest in the constituency in early July.
This was promptly followed by a stint in the food tent at the Shelford Feast Go West Evening (pictured left). Many hands really did make light work and the food on offer was outstanding. Phil and I really enjoyed meeting new and old faces at both of these events and I look forward to seeing many more of you at local events in the constituency throughout the summer. I’ll be holding a series of café pop up surgeries throughout the constituency and would love to meet as many of you as possible. If you’d like to find out where your nearest pop up surgery will be please visit my here
In the meantime, if you would like to contact me, please email email@example.com or call my office.
Enjoy the warmer weather – fingers crossed – and see you next month!