31 MAR 2018

Cash Boost for Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals will receive a huge £69 million capital investment to improve services for patients.

The additional cash, announced by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will enable the transformation of buildings and services as the two hospitals merge creating the new East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

Therese said: "My recent meeting with Chief Executive, Nick Hulme was the latest in a series of updates where I have been pressing for assurances that the need to fix Colchester Hospital would not detract from the clinics care for patients of Ipswich Hospital. I'm satisfied that has been the case and I recognise the significant benefits this merger will bring."


29 MAR 2018

An Update on Felixstowe Academy

Therese's petition about Felixstowe Academy and Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), which has been supported by more than2,400 parents and residents of Suffolk Coastal, will be presented to the House of Commons after the Easter recess.

Therese has also met the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, who has informed her that he has written a Pre-termination Warning letter to AET. This is the first stage of the process that can lead to securing a new organisation to run the school. She understands that AET have produced an Improvement Plan for the school and a headteacher from another school has been seconded to give extra support at leadership level.

Therese said: "After Easter, I will be meeting the Education Minister to go through the situation in detail. Unfortunately, the meeting had to be rescheduled till then, but it should mean more information is available to help make progress. I will also meet AET and the National Schools Commissioner to focus on rapid improvement in the short term."

Therese added: "I continue to remain concerned about AET's ability to help the school tackle all of the problems identified, which is why I will keep pressing for AET to go. The pace of change must be increased in order to help the young people of Felixstowe Academy fulfill their potential. Ensuring that students who are due to sit their GCSE exams shortly are fully prepared must remain a priority. That said, it will take some time to sort out a new academy sponsor."


21 MAR 2018

Suffolk Housing Infrastructure Bid Success

Therese met the Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, today to discuss the good news that Suffolk county council's bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund has successfully reached the next stage.

The Government will now work with the County Council to help develop the business case for the East of Ipswich highway works.

Therese said: "I really welcome this support to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place for themuch-neededd homes to be built."


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