News from the Constituency with Derek Thomas

Many people in Helston, on The Lizard and in Praa Sands have raised concerns with me about bus services in the area.

Changes to the timetables have meant people find that they feel even more isolated and do not have a bus service that works for them.

Since launching my Rural Bus Services Matter campaign Cornwall Council has asked to meet me to discuss the local concerns that people are raising via this campaign. To take part you can request a hard copy survey (for residents in Helston see inside this paper) or go online to Filling in the survey should only take a couple of minutes and will give me the valuable information regarding the bus services in Helston and surrounding area.

I was delighted to be involved in the launch of the NHS Health & Social Care Academy at Treliske on Friday, 15th February.

Those of you who have attended my meetings around the NHS’s 10-Year Plan will be aware that the workforce – or rather the lack of it – will be the greatest challenge in delivering the plan.

The Health & Social Care Academy is a very effective Cornwall-based response which will provide highly-trained staff for the healthcare system – both in terms of physical health and mental health and social care.

The opening of the academy means that people can be trained close to home and work close to home without incurring the expense of university tuition fees.

I know that people who train locally are far more likely to work locally in the NHS and in social care and this academy will also help to increase their earnings and skills.

My ‘Health & Care Matters’ meetings discussing the NHS 10-Year Plan are continuing and I will be at Mullion Methodist Chapel at 5.15pm on Friday, 1st March.

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