A First Class Healthcare System

My Pledge in 2017

  • More GP's and healthcare professionals
  • Properly funded social care in our rural and ageing community

What I Have Delivered So Far:

  • Set up an All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Health and Social Care to look at key policy issues for rural areas such as ours
  • Lobbied Government for further social care funding, with Devon receiving an extra £30 million after the March 2017 Budget.
  • Led on inquiries into taxpayers value for money as a member of the Public Accounts Committee which I was elected to in December 2016.
  • Met with key stakeholders such as NHS England, our local Clinical Commissioning Groups and healthcare professionals to deliver an effective rural healthcare system.
  • Lobbied ministers to review the funding formula to properly support our rural area and disproportionately large number of over 85 year olds
  • Held regular meetings with care home providers to discuss the best way to enable them to provide quality care
  • A new social care precept has now been introduced which will allow local councils to drive forward ambitious plans to integrate health and social care services.
  • Held stakeholders meetings to discuss the need for further GP and other primary care provision in Kingsteignton.
  • Lobbied ministers for more investment in community transport services to support local charities
  • Supported local dementia friendly initiatives in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot
  • Lobbied successfully to relocate the Bishopsteignton surgery in order to keep it open


Breathe Easy Group Visit

Today I was very pleased to be asked to join an exercise class held by The British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Group at the Baptist Church Hall in Teignmouth.

Rowcroft Hospice Visit

It was a pleasure to visit Rowcroft Hospice on Monday to meet with their new CEO Mark Hawkins and hear about the excellent care they give.

Anne Marie Visits Riverview Care Home

This morning (16th March) Anne Marie visited the Riverview Care Home in Teignmouth. Riverview is an adult social care home for people with autism/ASD and challenging behaviour.

APPG on Rural Health and Social Care

On Tuesday (31st January 2017) I chaired the first ever All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Rural Health and Social Care. An APPG is a cross party group that looks at specific issues.