September 2019: News from your local MP
It’s such an honour to become Minister responsible for NHS
As the summer holidays draw to an end, I wanted to begin this month’s column by saying how delighted I was to see the recent announcement from South Gloucestershire Council that £30,000 of repairs will soon be made to the play area at Springfield Park, after it was so sadly damaged by vandalism in April.
I am so pleased to hear that the play equipment and safety surfacing, which was badly damaged in a fire back in the spring, will be repaired and revamped as part of a £200,000 investment in play equipment and facilities across the whole of South Gloucestershire. As a local man and the father of two young children myself, I passionately believe in the vital need for community facilities such as the play area at Springfield Park for young families to enjoy all the year round, but especially in these summer months.
Since I’ve been the local MP over the past 10 years, I know that the NHS is one of the most important issues for local people. Since the last Labour government closed Frenchay and threatened Cossham, we’ve seen Cossham receive a £21m upgrade, and new GP buildings such as at Beaufort Road in Emersons Green. Last month, I was appointed Health Minister by the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson- which is a real honour given my mum worked in the NHS and I sat on the Health Select Committee for three years.
As part of our long term plan for the NHS we will be putting an extra £34billion into the NHS by 2023- a real terms rise of 3.4% every single year, over five years. I want to ensure that, both locally and nationally, I work as hard as possible for our NHS, investing not only in new hospitals but also in frontline staff, so that we have a world class health service that can meet every patient’s need.