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Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to “fix the crisis at the heart of Enfield’s health services”, as it is revealed that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been placed in a newly created NHS special measures programme.

It has only been a few weeks since we learnt of the true extent of the crisis at North Mid Hospital, so the announcement that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been placed in special measures will be yet another blow to residents’ confidence in our local health services.

After “[failing] to meet the financial discipline expected of the NHS”, Enfield CCG will now have to produce and implement an ‘Improvement and Financial Recovery Plan’ and take steps to address the shortcomings in leadership at the organisation.

Enfield CCG is one of only 26 CCGs – out of 209 in total across England – which has had its overall performance rated as inadequate by NHS England and NHS Improvement and is one of just nine CCGs now in special measures. The CCG is already subject to NHS England oversight due to significant financial pressures.

We are facing a perfect storm in Enfield at the moment – government cuts and under-investment in frontline services has left our NHS on its knees.

I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to voice my concerns on behalf of constituents about what effects this news will have on the planning and commissioning of Enfield’s health care services.

The government must fix the crisis at the heart of Enfield’s health services, provide better support and invest in the NHS, both locally and across the country.

Immediate action must be taken to address this situation and give residents the standard of care they so desperately need.

Joan Ryan MP demands action from Government as Enfield CCG is placed in special measures

  Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to “fix the crisis at the heart of Enfield’s health services”, as it is revealed that Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)...

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Joan Ryan MP has urged the UK Government to impress upon Turkey’s President Erdogan the need to ensure “the safety and protection of all citizens, especially the ethnic and religious minority Alevi and Kurdish communities”, following the attempted coup in Turkey.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday 19th July, Joan Ryan MP raised the issue of rising tensions in predominantly Alevi and Kurdish neighbourhoods in Turkey “due to attacks and demonstrations by apparently pro-Erdogan supporters”.

Ms Ryan stated that a number of her constituents were concerned about the safety of their family and friends, due to the instability in the country.

Rt. Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, agreed that the Turkish authorities must provide all of its citizens fair treatment and respect under the rule of law. The Minister will be meeting with his Turkish counterparts in Ankara to discuss these issues on Wednesday 20th July.

Joan Ryan MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:

“I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who have died, as well as those who have been injured in Turkey since the events of Friday 15th July.

I urge all parties to exercise restraint and ensure that law and order is maintained to prevent further loss of life - under no circumstances can violence be justified.

In my capacity as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Alevis, I had the opportunity to meet, this week, with senior representatives from the British Alevi Federation, who expressed their serious concerns about what has happened over recent days.

The rights and freedoms of all people in Turkey, including the Alevis and Kurdish communities, need to be respected and upheld.

 President Erdogan must protect the democratic process and the rule of law.”


 

The video recording of Joan Ryan MP’s question and the Government Minister’s answer, during the debate on Tuesday 19th July, can be found by clicking here. 

 

Joan Ryan MP calls for the safety and protection of all citizens in Turkey, including Alevis and Kurds, following coup attempt

Joan Ryan MP has urged the UK Government to impress upon Turkey’s President Erdogan the need to ensure “the safety and protection of all citizens, especially the ethnic and religious...

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Today in Parliament, I called on the government to give assurances that services at the crisis hit North Middlesex Hospital will be protected and improved in the short and long term, following the release of a damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which has rated safety in the Emergency Department as inadequate.

Having secured a debate on the performance of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, I strongly criticised the shocking mismanagement at the Trust, as well as the government’s health policies over the past six years which have left the NHS in Enfield, and across the country, on its knees.

The decision by the government to close Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E, in Enfield North in 2013, and its failure to provide adequate funding for local health services, including those provided by North Mid, has resulted in the system reaching breaking point.

In order to ensure patient safety, I urged the government to put in place immediate measures to ensure the hospital has the consultants and doctors it requires on a permanent long-term basis.

I called for at least eighty-four more GPs in Enfield by 2020 to help alleviate pressure on North Mid.

And I requested the publication of the hospital’s action plan to address the CQC’s findings so that constituents can have confidence that the required improvements are made and sustained. 

I also raised concerns that the government’s methods to implement the proposed £22 billion worth of cuts to the NHS by 2020/2021 could result in the mergers of trusts and the downgrading of services.

With the news that the Royal Free London NHS Trust – who took over Chase Farm Hospital months after the A&E Department was shut - are stepping in to assist North Mid, I asked the Health Minister for guarantees that the crisis would not be used as a back door to a merger. Services must be safeguarded and constituents should be consulted fully on all future proposals for the hospital.

In his response the Health Minister, Ben Gummer MP, offered an apology for the failure to alert MPs and affected constituents to the true extent of the crisis at the hospital. He stated that the government, Department for Health officials and NHS England would launch a review “to look in detail” about how performance standards were allowed to slip so badly. 

I am pleased that the Minister has agreed for a full review into the systematic failures at the hospital.

The performance of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is a wake-up call for this government.

We now need to ensure that the hospital, and our health services, have the funding and support they need, so that this situation never happens again.


 

You can watch my speech and the full debate on North Middlesex Hospital by clicking here. 

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