It’s almost Easter and it’s been a very busy few days in Plymouth.
Last Thursday I asked the Minster for Health David Mowat to come to Plymouth because depsite the hugely challenging environment in healthcare provision, Plymouth is going ‘faster and futher’ than everyone else in delivering better, integrated healthcare across our City. This is an extraordinary achievement, set against an extraordinary backdrop of such increasing demand; we should pay tribute to all those who work in healthcare systems across Plymouth, Livewell, NHS, Social Care and Mental Health for their work. I am delighted that we are the first in the UK to set up pioneering Health and Wellbeing hubs, with the first one this year. It makes me proud to be one of Plymouth’s MPs.
Part of any holistic health strategy is improving access to and participation in Sport across our City, and I was delighted to invite the Sports Minster Tracey Crouch to Plymouth on Friday morning. I hosted a Sports Breakfast at Plymouth Argyle where I invited all of the Sports groups in Plymouth to come and ask questions and meet the Minister. We must do more to get children involved in outdoor activites across Plymouth, and I was delighted to see the Minister recognise our efforts in this area.
Nationally, Article 50 was triggered. I have for some time now been saying that we must unite around the Prime Minster, give her a free hand and get on with getting the best deal we can on exiting the European Union for Plymouth. The whole process has been a learning experience for me, and I spoke extensively on the matter in my annual catch-up with the Plymouth Herald.
Easter is almost here. I intend to spend a little time with the family. It’s been a hectic start to the year.