‘The Ten Year Plan’ for the NHS is published and Government plans to meet social care needs are to be published this spring.
Over the next few months, NHS England will be refining this plan by consulting with local health groups, patients and the general public and I aim to contribute by holding a number of ‘Health & Social Care Matters’ meetings on Friday evenings when people can come along to chat through their priorities for the NHS and social care.
Good progress has already been made in West Cornwall towards meaningful integration of health and care services because of the hard work and vision of local medical professionals. My health and care meetings are intended to find out if you have any specific concerns about different aspects of our healthcare services – for example what can we do to prevent illness or how we can best support health care professionals – so I hope you can attend one of the following meetings:
1st February: 5.15pm at the Godolphin Club, Helston and 8pm at St Just Age concern
8th February: 5.15pm at the Salvation Army, St Ives and 8pm at the Lugger Hotel, Penzance;
15th February: 5.45pm at St Keverne Parish Church Meeting Room;
1st March: 5.15pm at Mullion Methodist Chapel and 7pm at Carbis Bay Memorial Hall;
8th March: 5.15pm at The Centre of Pendeen and 8pm at the Godolphin Arms, Marazion.
You can find The ‘Ten Year Plan for the NHS’ at: derekthomas.org
As far as Brexit is concerned, Parliament will vote again next Tuesday on whether to accept the Government’s withdrawal deal.
As far as my voting intentions are concerned, I will be voting in favour of the deal if it addresses my (and many other MPs’) concerns about the provision of a backstop and enables parliament to decide the next steps in forming its relationship both with the EU and the rest of the world.