I have been working hard over the last few months standing up for our town and local services in Parliament.
As you may know our local health services at Darlington Memorial Hospital are under threat from possible downgrades as part of the local NHS Trust's Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
I have raised the issue on a number of occasions in Parliament. I have called out the hugely expensive Better Health programme which includes PR and community engagements and has cost a whopping £4.6 million pounds and counting. Yet it has failed to communicate with the people who rely on services effectively, to the point that people from Darlington, Northallerton, Barnard Castle and so on aren't aware of the plans.
Further to this I have been continually putting pressure on the Government over cuts to NHS funding and the crisis within the social care system. I have spoken numerous times about the need to protect services at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
I will continue to raise the issue of services cuts to our hospital and support our local health campaign - SOS Darlington.