Thank you Lee, Jacquie & Jane from Torbay and South Devon NHS for the helpful meeting to discuss the serious concerns raised with me, by district nurses, GPs, voluntary groups and local residents about the review of community nursing. Hope to see an update to the position issued soon.
Thank you to the Dartmouth Cllrs, Torbay and South Devon NHS , the NHS Devon CCG, Dartmouth Caring, the Dartmouth Area Health Action Group, Dartmouth Medical Practice and patient represenatives for meeting today to discuss the Health & Wellbeing Centre and why I am calling for the plans to cut District Nurses, to be scrapped. It is not possible to take 3.5 WTE district nursing posts out of the Moor to Sea locality without seriously undermining essential care for patients. It would also break a clear promise made by Torbay and South Devon NHS to the people of Dartmouth to increase community service.
It was lovely to catch up with Greg Parston, chair of the Dartington Hall Trust at Dartington today to hear about future plans. An amazing place with an extraordinary history!
Thank you to all the team at the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) for meeting with me today. I really enjoyed visiting their headquarters to discuss waiting times, growing and supporting workforce and the needs of rural & coastal communities. Thank you too for this important top tip
Thank you to Dr Andy Haytread of NHS Devon CCG for coming to discuss commissioning of mental health services and the importance of getting resources to the front line, the case for ring-fencing and the need to address key gaps and waiting times
I was delighted to join local service users, carers, peer supporters and practitioners from around the UK at a meeting in Torbay to discuss the Open Dialogue approach to mental health and the importance of research. It was so refreshing to hear emphasis on involving families, wider networks and continuity of care.
I was warmly welcomed by the local Lib Dems along with Caroline Voaden MEP and it was an opportunity to thank all those who have offered their support. We're looking forward to working together as Lib Dem MP and MEP
It is seriously worrying that Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust is planning to cut district nurse posts and today I met with nurses and the voluntary sector to hear their concerns about the impact on patient care. I've seen first-hand the value of what they do and we cannot afford to lose them.
Thank you to Graham, Chair of Local Dental Network, Tess and Amanda of NHSEngland for meeting to discuss concerns about access to local and national NHS Dentistry. It was very helpful to hear their thoughts on the Committee's Health Inquiry into dentistry
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It was an absolute joy to catch up with local cliff rescue heroes Ian Pedrick and Richard Clarkson as they await the outcome of their appeal after being dismissed for acting as good Samaritans. They are courageous volunteer coastguards with nearly 60 years' experience between them who should be immediately reinstated and who frankly deserve medals. It is totally unacceptable that such a long stretch of the South Devon coast has been left with reduced protection at the busiest time of year.
What is so striking about cliff rescue volunteering is the dangerous and often harrowing nature of their call outs which is matched only by the compassion and courage of those like Ian and Richard who put their own lives on the line.
Thank you to the Friends of Hope Cove Harbour Committee for showing me the damage to the vital breakwater which protects this wonderful community and to the Environment Agency for help with ongoing analysis. I am looking forward to seeing the plans and supporting the campaign
Thank you to Acting Inspector Tom Blanchard for meeting to discuss drugs and policing, local issues, the impact of county lines and their targeting of vulnerable people
In Totnes today, many community groups got together to discuss the Climate Emergency. Thank you to everyone who attended and to the speakers for their insight and discussion into what happens next.
I was Britannia Royal Naval College today to celebrate the centenary of the Wilton Memorial Trust, a charity that offers sheltered accommodation and retirement homes for the elderly.
I met with the Torbay Samaritans today, where they have had extensive alterations in order to improve the conditions for this wonderful bunch of volunteers. The volunteers are there for everyone and anyone in the toughest of times. Find out more about joining and how you can help.
Thank you to all the carers who came to Totnes today to discuss their experiences . The next Prime Minister must focus on resolving the crisis in social care.
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It was an honour to join Brixham in remembering all who fought and those who gave their lives for our freedom on D-Day
Thank you Louise and the NFU southwest for hosting a wonderful farm visit today to discuss current issues for farming and the environment.
I know how frustrating poor broadband can be for those in rural communities and I am glad that Connecting Devon and Somerset are working constructively with locals to find a solution. I visited Lower Combe to celebrate the success of the CDS Challenge Fund pilot scheme where the CDS team has worked with the community to explore creative solutions to deliver to the hardest to reach, Out of Programme communities. Hopefully the Challenge Fund scheme will be developed over the summer in order for other communities to benefit with a good broadband coverage.
Today I was in Brixham to visit Brixham Trawlers Makers for a discussion on the marine environment and in particular the campaign to reduce marine pollution including plastics and old fishing gear. I have always been supportive of protecting our seas and it was great to catch up with local lead for Fishing for Litter and hear about the incredible work from the team of volunteers working alongside the local industry to clean up our seas. Both the industry and volunteers now need more space to sort and recycle the marine debris that is being brought ashore by fishing boats rather than returned to the sea.
I met with PC Martin Beck to discuss how the Police Force deals with rural and wildlife crime in a partnership approach supporting nighbourhood officers