Nationally A&E departments are underperforming. Milton Keynes A&E is the 10th worst in the UK (December 2014) and this cannot be tolerated. Maternity care and cancer care has been failing too. Milton Keynes is a growing new city yet funding for essential services is failing to keep up with demand. Although MK has received a percentage increase greater than most in the country, it needs much more to ensure the health service can support the rapid expansion of Milton Keynes. The £178 million bid for the next 20 years must become a reality and not electioneering talk. I will lobby harder for this than has been the case previously. Every UK citizen has the right to the best the NHS can offer.
NHS Funding and Trust Collaboration
NHS funding is not used to best effect with many inefficiencies that need fixing. We hear of too many Trusts being “self-serving” before “public serving”. We hear of underpaid medical staff: nurses, ambulance drivers and paramedics. I know from medical professionals such as paramedics that there is inadequate mobility between NHS neighboring trusts. This has resulted in medical care migrants whilst UK skills emigrate from the NHS. The proper use and priority of care from 111 to 999 and from GP to A&E is not efficient and puts strain on the service. A&E should truly be accident and emergency only. Too many drunks and people with minor ailments are overloading the departments. I will make all these issues strongly heard on behalf of my constituents.
Preventative care, good eating, and exercise are all lacking in our nation. Lifestyles of excess and binge-drinking drain resources. Personal accountability is required; public education is needed. I will promote and encourage policies to support this education.
Stopping Foreigners' Abuse
NHS hospitals should be required to identify those patients who are not eligible for free care and make foreigners pay for life-saving treatment they receive on accident and emergency wards.
I would ensure that the “lessons learned” from the failure of the first privately-run NHS hospital, Hinchingbrooke, in Cambs, by Circle, prevent this from occurring again.
The MK design of a town built into country had vital design attributes: equidistant from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge. Milton Keynes has excellent infrastructure with the M1 nearby for road transport; it is also well-served by rail links: London under 40 minutes by train, Birmingham 69 minutes, Manchester 102 minutes. Luton airport 25 minutes away. The role of transport communications is vital. I will strive to:
- Keep the MK access to the M1 effective
- Ensure the M1 continues as an effective North-South artery
- Drive for continuation of the improvements linking Oxford and Cambridge
- Create rail freight sidings for distribution businesses based in MK
- Demand improvements of rail infrastructure and rolling stock nationally
- Drive for lower fares for commuters (which number tens of thousands from MK)
Utilities (Power, Water)
MK expansion is not tenable without utilities, not just to support homes but to power the ambitious data centres and more distribution centres and offices for the MK technology projects.