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Joan Ryan MP has written to NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and called for the mental health of young people in Enfield to be “given the priority it deserves”.

I am deeply concerned that research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH) has estimated that spending on mental health services for young people in Enfield is the second lowest in England.

According to the RCPSYCH, Enfield CCG has allocated just £2.33 per head in Enfield on child and adolescent mental health, excluding eating disorder spending, over the 2016/17 financial year – only Luton CCG will spend lower, at just £2.01 a head.

Mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents are a serious issue. The number of young people aged under 18 attending Accident and Emergency departments in England, due to a psychiatric condition, doubled between 2010 and 2015.

The demand for young people’s mental health services – in Enfield and elsewhere - has never been greater, so the analysis by the Royal College of Psychiatrists is deeply concerning.

It is vital that the CCG reviews its spending commitments in this area and it is also incumbent on the Government to provide better support to our chronically underfunded and overstretched local health services.

I have written to the Chair of Enfield CCG, Dr. Mo Abedi, and have urged the NHS body - which is responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for the area – to ensure that extra investment is provided to frontline mental health services.

 



 

Further Reading:

  1. Click here for a copy of Joan Ryan MP’s letter to the Chair of Enfield CCG, Dr. Mo Abedi.
  2. According to the RCPSYCH, “Enfield plans to spend just 0.41% (£2.33 per head) of its total mental health budget 2016/17 on services for children and young people. This figure increases marginally to 1.86% (£10.62) when eating disorder services are included”. The research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists can be found here: https://goo.gl/ixBYdY
  3. The RCPSYCH is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.
  4. The British Medical Association, ‘Children and Young People’s Mental Health’ report (2016), found that “the number of young people aged under 18 attending A&E because of a psychiatric condition more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, and referrals to specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) increased by 64% between 2012/13 and 2014/15” (page 1): https://goo.gl/J8kDaJ  
  5. The last national morbidity survey for children and young people’s mental health was carried out in 2004. At that time, one in ten children and young people aged between five and sixteen were reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Information is taken from the Mental Health Network 2016 update, ‘Key facts and trends in mental health’: https://goo.gl/qEeMXe

Joan Ryan MP raises serious concerns that child mental health services in Enfield are being starved of funds

Joan Ryan MP has written to NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and called for the mental health of young people in Enfield to be “given the priority it deserves”....

 

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Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to develop and invest in the West Anglia Rail Line.

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Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, I urged the Government to give the green light for investment to improve the capacity and performance of the West Anglia Rail line, running through the eastern side of Enfield.

You can read my full speech here.

I wholeheartedly support the West Anglia Taskforce report.

Many Enfield North residents who use the Abellio Greater Anglia train service, on the West Anglia Main Line, face cancellations, delays and poor service on a daily basis. Four tracking, as a precursor to Crossrail 2, will radically improve their experience of the railways and provide an essential upgrade to our Borough’s rail infrastructure.

The development of the line will, in turn, help Enfield thrive. New businesses will be attracted to the Borough, those businesses which are already here will want to stay and grow and it will provide a fantastic opportunity to unlock housing and employment potential.

Assessment work carried out by Network Rail has indicated that an upgrade of the current twin tracking of the line, running from Coppermill Junction through Enfield and towards Broxbourne Junction, could reduce delays by half. According to early estimates by the Taskforce, “four-tracking, in advance of Crossrail 2, could add an additional £15 billion to the annual economic output of the West Anglia region.”

The Borough of Enfield has a bright future ahead of it. The compelling case for investment made in the Taskforce’s report will, if implemented, play a crucial role in enabling our Borough to succeed.



Further Reading:

  1. The West Anglia Taskforce was established in September 2015 to put together a business case for investment to improve the capacity and performance of the West Anglia Rail line, along the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor.
  2. The West Anglia Taskforce is composed of 16 members, including representatives of the rail industry and stakeholders from areas along the line. The Taskforce is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst, Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden, and includes the Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr. Doug Taylor. 

  3. The Taskforce published its final report, ‘A strong case for investment in rail to support growth’, on 27 October 2016: https://goo.gl/ISPMiB
  4. The Taskforce’s 5 point call for action includes:

    -      Journey times of 60 minutes to Cambridge and 40 minutes to Stansted in 40 on Liverpool Street services.

    -      Improved service levels to other communities along the route to support economic growth.

    -       A new timetable by 2020 to take advantage of new, faster and longer trains;

    -      Four-tracking the railway in the mid-2020s as a precursor to Crossrail 2 opening in 2033.

    -       Progressing Crossrail 2 ahead of submitting a Hybrid Bill by 2019.

  5. Crossrail 2 has cross-party support, including a commitment in the Government’s election manifesto. It is supported by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and features in the National Infrastructure Plan, the London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and Network Rail’s route strategies. For further information on the project, see here: https://goo.gl/EWtHQD

  6. The Autumn Statement will take place on Wednesday 23rd November and will provide an annual update on the government's plans for the economy.

Joan Ryan MP calls on the Government to upgrade the West Anglia Main Line

  Joan Ryan MP has urged the Government to develop and invest in the West Anglia Rail Line.

 

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Joan Ryan MP has condemned the arrest and detention of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs in Turkey.

In the early hours of Friday 4th November, the two joint leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaș and Figen Yüksekdağ, along with at least 10 other HDP parliamentary colleagues, were arrested and detained in Turkey.

I absolutely condemn the arrests of the Kurdish officials and senior politicians. 

Turkey cannot claim to be a democracy if democratically elected representatives are arrested with impunity.

What we are seeing is a draconian crackdown on the freedom of expression - in a democracy people are entitled to dissent.

Many Enfield North residents of Kurdish and Alevi origin fear for the safety and well-being of their friends and family in Turkey. 

This is not acceptable.

The situation is intolerable.

President Erdogan and the Turkish authorities need to act immediately to restore justice and safeguard Turkey's democracy. 

We must raise our voices for justice and human rights, for democracy and dignity, for life and liberty in Turkey.

At the earliest opportunity on Monday 7th November, I raised these issues in Parliament by tabling an Early Day Motion (EDM) and writing to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. See below for the full text of my EDM.

Early Day Motion 653: ‘Political and Human Rights Situation in Turkey’

“That this House is gravely concerned by the arrest and imprisonment of Members of Parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), including the HDP Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, in Turkey on 4 November 2016; agrees with the statement from the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, that these arrests compromise parliamentary democracy in Turkey; notes that hundreds of other Kurdish members and officials from HDP and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP) have also been detained and imprisoned in recent months; further notes that since the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, President Erdogan and the Turkish government have imposed greater restrictions on the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press, as well as threatened the independence of the judiciary; believes that the current situation in Turkey is undermining democracy and the chances of resolving the Kurdish issue; urges the Turkish authorities to respect the rule of law and the fundamental rights of all of its citizens, including Kurds, Alevis and other minority groups; and calls on the Government and the Council of Europe to make representations to the Turkish government expressing serious concern at the imprisonment of the HDP MPs, the suspension of provisions within the European Convention on Human Rights and President Erdogan's support for the reintroduction of the death penalty.”

https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/653



 

Further Reading:

  1. Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.
  2. The statement by the European Union’s High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the detention of several HDP Members, including the party's co-chairs, can be found here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-3608_en.htm

Joan Ryan MP condemns the arrest and detention of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs in Turkey

  Joan Ryan MP has condemned the arrest and detention of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs in Turkey.


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