View from the House – 6th July 2017

July 6, 2018

HELLO and welcome to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed.

This week we celebrated the NHS’s 70th birthday. It is important that as demands change, so does our healthcare, and we are securing the future of the NHS so it can deliver world-class care for generations to come.

At home, there was a celebration of the NHS’s birthday at the Sir Robert Peel hospital who do an amazing job of helping us all in times of need. The SRP provides a wide range of gynaecology and maternity services at Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth. More recently it has developed hysteroscopy and ambulatory services which means it can offer patients the choice of having quick and simple procedures such as polypectomy and endometrial ablation under local anaesthetic in an outpatient setting rather than under general anaesthetic in theatre. 

From August, the hospital will also offer urodynamic tests at SRP which means patients will no longer have to travel to Burton for this.

The SRP are passionate about providing local women’s health services for the local population so they can be seen and treated for most conditions without the need to travel. The hospital is trying to encourage local women to use this facility as much as possible and patients can help by asking their GPs to be referred to SRP wherever possible.

Nationally, the Government has set out the long-term plan for the NHS which will see a five-year budget settlement providing an extra £20.5 billion a year, or £394 million a week, in real terms by 2023-24 so patients receive world-class care. 

This investment is about making sure the NHS can plan for the future, deal with the pressures it faces, and continue to be there when people need it most. In return we have asked the NHS to produce a plan, led by doctors, to make sure it keeps delivering world-class care for everyone.

As I write there is a major meeting happening at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence in Buckinghamshire. The Cabinet there will be asked to consider a proposal for future customs arrangements and next week the Government will publish our White Paper on our future economic partnership.

However, we already know a number of red lines which include the fact that we will leave the EU and the Customs Union. Our strategic objectives are to have as frictionless trade as possible, an independent trade policy where we can sign our own trade deals, and no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

All that’s left for me to say is to wish the England team well in their game against Sweden and prove all the videos on social media correct that it really is coming home. 

Have a great weekend.

Chris

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