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Outrageous decision to cut out of hours GP services

The new primary care trust for Barking & Dagenham (ONEL) which took over responsibility for local health services last Friday has cut funding for out of hours GP services in the borough. It’s one of its first decisions. What is even more amazing is that it would appear as though we are the only borough […]

Concern raised at Barts & London merger

I have written to Andrew Lansley Secretary of State for Health expressing my “deepest concern” about the consequences for Barking & Dagenham of a proposed merger of Barts & London Hospitals Trust with Whipps Cross and Newham. I am very concerned by the unplanned consequences of this possible merger and what that could mean for […]

Let Councils keep profits from ‘Right to Buy’

  I’ve signed a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to allow Councils to keep all of the profits from ‘Right to Buy’ to reinvest in affordable housing for local people.   At the moment most of the profits go to the Treasury.   Since ‘Right to Buy’ came in the number of Council properties […]

Barking and Dagenham stores offering a healthy start

I was really pleased to learn that children from two local primary schools took part in NHS Change4Life’s ‘Healthy Start’ project, which aims to make fruit and vegetables more readily available in local stores. Children from Monteagle Primary recently took part in a ‘bushtucker trial’ by trying different sorts of fruit and veg which they […]

Longbridge Coffee Afternoon

Last Friday I held one of my coffee afternoons at St Erkenwald’s Church in Longbridge ward. More than 60 local residents turned up and we had a good chat about the things that are bothering people. Local police and council officers were there so we could agree a way forward on the issues people raised. […]

Community Rally to Save King George A&E

Join me at Ilford Town Hall Friday the 8th of April to stand up to the bureaucrats and say KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR HOSPITAL! I will be attending the meeting along with the other 7 MPs involved in the campaign – Jon Cruddas MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Mike Gapes MP, Lee Scott MP, […]

Local GPs Oppose King George Closure

I recently wrote to GPs in Barking and Dagenham to find out if they supported plans to close the A&E at King George Hospital. Of the 51 GPs that responded to my survey, all but one strongly opposed the closure. This proves that the North East London NHS, ONEL, has not been honest. They have […]

Our Olympic Borough

In 2 weeks’ time we’ll know if Barking and Dagenham is to become an Olympic Borough. Becoming an Olympic Borough can bring so many great things to our community that will benefit local people for generations to come. The Olympics is already making its mark on Barking and Dagenham. Funding has been secured for a […]

King George A&E Closure Concerns

On Tuesday I wrote to Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, in the strongest possible terms about King George Hospital’s A&E being closed at night from July onwards. I was told this by a constituent last Friday and I sincerely hope it’s not true. I am deeply concerned that no one from ONEL, […]

Barking and Dagenham’s Children’s Centres at Risk

Last Friday I visited Abbey Children’s Centre in Barking. It was fantastic to join the Stay & Play group and see the children who are playing and learning together. The centre offers everything from health checks to help with childcare that means mums and dads can work. Every parent I have spoken to today has […]