Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust have been awarded an indicative funding amount of just over £26m to allow them to develop new facilities for undertaking Interventional Radiology, (IR) procedures, especially Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) in order to meet the EVAR guidance and recommendations from the National Clinical Director and the NHS ...
March 28, 2018B
A cross party group of 98 MPs including 21 select committee chairs and 30 former ministers from both sides of the Commons, has written to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care.The Commission, in effect a special select committee of ...
March 26, 2018B
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, today announced that Plymouth will receive up to a dozen new GPs through an international recruitment programme.Speaking on a visit to the city today, he said that doctors should be in post by the end of the year after Plymouth was prioritised in ...
March 24, 2018B
A note from Johnny... Plymouth's Voice in Westminster A week dominated by Russia's appalling attack in Salisbury; a Spring Statement from the Chancellor, Primary care in Plymouth and the real story about free school meals... (clue - more children will be getting them)Johnny speaks for many in condemning Jeremy Corbyn's ...
March 19, 2018B
Many Plymothians will have seen the latest story in the ongoing story around GP provision at a number of sites within Plymouth.As the recent Plymouth Herald story states, GP contracts have been extended with Access Health Care to March 2019 to ensure that there is continuity of care for local ...
March 15, 2018B
Labour Party politicians have recently claimed that the government was looking to take away free school meals from school pupils. It was rapidly debunked in a Channel 4 Fact Check investigation which you can read here.Despite this, Labour politicians continued to push this narrative leading into the vote earlier ...
March 15, 2018B
I spent the weekend before last in Germany as part of the Munich Young Leaders programme, as the only UK representative. While I would not want to play down our own domestic policy challenges, hearing the Ukrainian member of parliament from Donbass did provide some perspective. Global leaders gathered, and ...
March 2, 2018B
Johnny Mercer MP:My right hon. Friend will know from our many previous conversations that the people of Plymouth have waited too long to see improvements on their rail link, so I am grateful for his Department’s response yesterday, but when can they expect to see something delivered—some work completed—on Dawlish, ...
March 1, 2018B
This Iraq inquiry farce is a disgrace to the country The charade of historical allegations against our servicemen and women is continuing unabated with Iraq Fatality Investigations, a government-funded inquiry.The pursuit of service personnel through the courts is a stain on our national character. It is the mark of a political ...
February 26, 2018B
Last week, while in Munich, I met Sergey Lavrov, Russia's minister of foreign affairs. When I introduced myself to him as a British MP, he turned his heel. Cowards like him, Putin and Al-Assad respect one thing alone – strength and leadership. But Britain lost that in 2013 after ...
February 23, 2018B
“This is an important step forward for Barne Barton in getting some local pharmacy provision into the area.“I know that Pat Patel has very much been the driving force on this project and I have tried to support him as best I can in both my dealings with NHSE and ...
February 1, 2018B
Conservatives MPs from Devon and Cornwall last night held a heated meeting with the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, delivering an ultimatum which asked for written assurances over future investment in the South West’s rail network ahead of the second reading of the Government’s much heralded HS2 Bill.Over the weekend, Johnny ...
January 30, 2018B
Earlier this week, following heavy lobby in both the corridors of Westminster and through very public media channels, Conservative MPs achieved the breakthrough many had been waiting for.Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, reversed an earlier statement by National Security Adviser, Mark Sedwill, that the current defence and security review would be ...
January 27, 2018B
Hello Plymouth!A very busy start to the new year in Plymouth, and Christmas seems such long time ago already. I've been working hard to shape the national defence on issues like our health service, defence spending and infrastructure in Plymouth. We are a brilliant City, pioneering different ways of doing things in ...
January 25, 2018B
Though the NHS has been at the centre of this country’s identity for many years now, I believe that assuring its ongoing success and excellence is now the issue of our generation. I am determined that the UK continues to be a world leader in the provision of health ...
January 22, 2018B