12 JUN 2019
Local NHS bosses gave a commitment to fix the 'IT issues' that have prevented some patients from getting anappointment at the Felixstowe Minor Injuries Unit, following Therese's public meeting on Saturday. The meeting enabled patients to put their questions to NHS top brass, including the Chief Officer of the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, Ed Garratt.
When the MIU moved to an appointment-based unit back in April, I was assured that patients could still access same-day treatment by calling NHS 111 or via their GP surgeries. However, this hasn't been consistently happening due to a problem with the IT system accessing patients records,...
11 JUN 2019
Therese was delighted to captain the winning team of female MPs, as they overcame the collective might of female peers to secure victory for the House of Commons in the Macmillan Cancer Support Tug of War last week.
The annual event, this year compered by BBC Deputy Political Editor, John Pienaar, has raised over £3 million for Macmillan since its conception in 1987.
Therese said: "My thanks to everyone who took part, right across the political spectrum, as we raised money for such a worthy cause. Macmillan is the UK's leading cancer support charity providing medical, emotional, financial and practical help for cancer patients."
03 JUN 2019
Therese is hosting a public meeting this Saturday when local NHS bosses, including the CCG's Chief Officer, Ed Garrett, and other NHS representatives will be available to answer questions and concerns about the Felixstowe Minor Injuries Unit.
This follows on from the meeting Therese had with East of England Regional Director, Ann Radmore, after some constituents reported the difficulties of getting access, especially via NHS 111.
The meeting will take place on Saturday 8th June from 930-1030am in a central Felixstowe venue. If you would like to attend please confirm by midday on Thursday 6th June by emailing...
21 MAY 2019
Therese is seeking an urgent meeting with the NHS boss for the East of England, Anne Radmore, to express her concerns onpatients struggling to be referred to the Felixstowe Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), particularly via the NHS 111 service.
Last month the MIU moved to an appointment based unit, not a walk in given on average how few people used the service each week. When this was first proposed, Therese was assured by the then Health Minister, Steve Barclay MP, that they could still access same-day treatment by calling NHS 111 or via their GP surgeries. This is a service that is also advertised by the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG. However,...
20 MAY 2019
Today is a historic day for rail transport in our part of the world as it marks the first Norwich in 90 and Suffolk in 60 trains. From now on, there will be two fast trains in each direction every weekday between East Anglia and London Liverpool Street.
Therese said: "I'm very proud of all the MPs who have worked together to achieve this, starting with our manifesto in 2012 and our prospectus in 2014. A great team effort, I particularly want to praise Ben Gummer, who did a brilliant job with Chloe Smith and Priti Patel leading the three counties' efforts in persuading Ministers to make the investment and I'm proud that the Conservative...
19 MAY 2019
Later this summer England and Wales host the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will showcase the very best of one-day cricket here on our shores.
Last month, Therese was pleased to welcome the Cricket World Cup trophy to Southwold as part of its tour around the UK.
There are quite a few cricket clubs along the coast. I can think of clubs in Southwold, Thorpeness, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, to name a few. Suffolk Cricket website has more information https://suffolkcricket.org/support/clubs/
Good luck to the England team & lets hope we have another World Cup summer to...
14 MAY 2019
Therese met the Federation of Small Business Regional Chair, David Barnes, at a roundtable meeting of local small businessesrecently. The common theme was workforce supply and skills.
Therese said: "Starting your own business takes courage - and the government is there to help, particularly through its low-interest loans supported by a business mentor."
To find out more see here.
29 APR 2019
Therese has nominated a team of NHS heroes for a Parliamentary Award after they saved the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust 3,800 hours by developing virtual robot technology. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) team, led by Deputy Director Daren Atkins, are up for an award in the Future NHS category for their work in tackling inefficiencies through technology. One example of this are their efforts in developing virtual robots, which work behind the scenes to cancel and reallocate outpatient appointments when a patient texts to cancel via the appointment reminder service. The projected savings for a year are...
16 APR 2019
Our health service would not be the fantastic organisation it is without the staff and volunteers that support it every single day.
Last year the NHS Parliamentary Awards were set-up to recognise individuals who go beyond the call of duty to make the NHS a better service, with hard graft, exciting new ideas or simply by putting patients first.
It is an opportunity for MPs to nominate those who work in the health service for an award – and this year I'm looking forward to having the chance to nominate some excellent local people and services.
If you know of someone that deserves extra recognition then please email me at email@example.com before the...
11 APR 2019
Social media is brilliant at connecting people across the world but for too long platforms have not done enough to protect users, especially children, from harmful online content - including violence, encouraging suicide and cyberbullying.
Therese said: "That's why I welcome the publication of a new Online Harms White Paper published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office. The new proposals will include an independent regulator to enforce stringent new standards and a mandatory 'duty of care', which will require companies to take reasonable steps to keep their users safe and tackle illegal and harmful...