I visited Woosehill GP surgery on Friday to discuss availability of appointments , the adequacy of funding and any plans to expand service provision. As with my recent meetings with other GPs I urged Wokingham CCG, GP practices and the Council to take advantage of the additional money now being made available for practices to […]
On Friday I discussed with the Borough Council the need to increase capacity on the A329 M. I made clear the need for the Highways Agency cameras studying the problem to capture the problems for through traffic on the motorway as well as looking at traffic coming from and going to the M4. I […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]