It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have served the Borough for 20 years today. Coming up to this anniversary I have been reflecting on my time as your Member of Parliament and over the next 20 days I will be sharing with you 20 of my greatest highlights.
When I first became MP the state of the NHS in Barking and Dagenham was the greatest concern of many residents. We had a real challenge on our hands. The Government was closing the A&E at Oldchurch hospital, King George’s was under performing and we had very poor GP surgeries. Ever since then I have worked doggedly to get you the high quality health services you deserve.
I know I still have a very long way to go but working together with other local groups we have had some real triumphs to celebrate.
Extra funding for health services in the Borough
Coming to Barking I was shocked to see that Government funding for health services in Barking and Dagenham had fallen well behind other London Boroughs such as Westminster. Residents deserved much better than this. After my campaign, the Department of Health agreed to increase health funding to the Borough by 42.48%. This amounted an extra £57.89 million over 3 years.