Before the last General Election, thousands of Great Yarmouth constituents responded to my “Health Matters” survey giving their opinions on the state of our National Health Service and making suggestions about how our health care system could be improved.
Much has changed since then; the Government has increased NHS spending in real terms since 2010-11 and last year local NHS bodies received an increase of more than £2.5 billion. The number of managers working in the NHS has been reduced by more than 6,000; with every penny saved reinvested straight into frontline care.
What hasn’t changed is the enormous support for our own local hospital. Since last year’s poor publicity, concerning the quality of care, staff at the James Paget University Hospital have strived to bring the hospital back to the high standards we expect from the National Health Service. On a day-to-day basis, hospital staff face huge challenges and they deserve our support.
We are now mid-way through this Parliament and it is an appropriate time to re-assess how our health service has changed over the last few years. I am inviting you to take part in this research. By completing the short survey you can make your views count – tell me what is great about the NHS and what needs improving. I can then use this information to update health ministers on the views of my constituents and make them aware of any particular concerns.
Click here to take the survey – it takes less than 5 minutes.