Category Archives: Wokingham and West Berkshire Issues

Bookstart in Wokingham Borough

I have received this news release from Wokingham Borough Council about the Bookstart scheme, run by Booktrust, an independent national charity which encourages people of all ages and cultures to engage with books. BOOKSTART IN WOKINGHAM BOROUGH In the past year around 4,500 children aged under five across the Wokingham Borough have received their Bookstart packs […]

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TTIP and the NHS

A number of constituents have written to me urging me to support the Amendment tabled to the Queen’s speech to ensure that the government protects the NHS in any EU negotiations over the health sector within the planned EU Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). I can assure constituents I do support this amendment, […]

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Aircraft noise

I have received more noise complaints following some bad experiences for many constituents during the period of easterly operations recently. I am now organising a further meeting with NATs and Heathrow to urge them to do more to ensure flights are higher and less noisy, and more flights go direct into and out of the […]

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Taking up the case for local GPs

I now have thoughts from local GPs about the current and proposed funding settlement for our local GP services. I will be taking this up with Ministers, and stressing to them the fast growth in patient numbers we are currently experiencing as a result of new housing provision and new families coming to settle in […]

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Junior doctors contract agreed between the two sides

As constituents will know, I had with others been pressing both sides to resume talks and find an agreement. I am pleased they have now done so. The government says that the new contract will reduce the maximum hours a doctor can be asked to work in any week from 91 to 72, provide new […]

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School terms and family holidays

The government is minded to alter the law after a recent court judgement to make it more difficult for a child to miss school to go on a family holiday. I would welcome constituents’ opinions on this before I talk to Ministers about their response.

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Update on re‐procurement of contract for Shinfield Medical Practice

I have received the enclosed letter from Dr Cathy Winfield, the Chief Executive of the West Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs): 160511 Shinfield Medical Practice. Dr Winfield confirms that South Reading Surgery will continue to provide services at Shinfield Medical Practice.

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Broadband – clarification from the Minister

The Minister sent me this letter to answer rumours that the government is giving up support for fast broadband for the 5% most difficult parts of the network: You may have read stories in the press last week suggesting the Government has abandoned its commitment to giving all households in the UK access to fast […]

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Aircraft noise

I have many complaints again this week-end about the high levels of aircraft noise starting at 5 am. I have made two further complaints myself on behalf of constituents this week-end, and am pressing for another round of meetings with NATs and Heathrow. I am in regular contact with them and the Minister, stressing the […]

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Junior doctors

I have recently had a meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and other MP colleagues to discuss the dispute between the government and junior doctors. I urged the Secretary of State to get talks started again, and am pleased that next week there will be meetings between the two sides. I strongly support […]

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