Supporting front line workers during Covid-19
I have received so much positive feedback from constituents about their experience receiving their first jab at Wealden vaccination centres and I am incredibly grateful to the teams of clinicians and volunteers in Crowborough, Uckfield and Hailsham for their continuous efforts to deliver this life-saving vaccine to Wealden residents. I have visited the Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield and the Saxonbury House Surgery in Crowborough to witness the fantastic work that is being done to immunise our patients and save lives in Wealden.
Throughout the pandemic, I was holding regular meetings with local health leaders and the East Sussex CCG to get up-to-date information from the frontline and inform the Health Secretary of needed improvements.
Success in pressing for changes to immigration rules for key workers
One of the biggest concerns of care home managers in Wealden is the difficulty in recruiting skilled staff to help care for our loved ones. Previously, care workers were excluded in the new points-based immigration system and I have worked relentlessly with Wealden care home managers and urged the Government to make a change. I have successfully campaigned to secure an amendment of immigration rules to allow foreign workers in key health and care roles to have greater opportunities to come to the UK, resulting in a better understanding of the care sector and its difficulties regarding recruitment, and making it easier to recruit healthcare workers from around the world.
Additional funding for East Sussex Hospitals
In light of the Covid pandemic and the additional strain this has had on our NHS, I welcomed the Government's announcement to provide further funding to the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. As part of the Government’s £600 million to upgrade and refurbish hospitals, the Trust received £8,270,000 to carry out the work, which could include building new or refurbishing buildings to deliver key services, upgrades to electrical infrastructure, improvements to ventilation systems, works to improve fire safety and the replacement of hospital lifts.