Over the last two years, I’ve worked as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to hold the government to account on how taxpayers' money is spent across a range of areas, from schools to hospitals, and security to social care.
On Friday 13th July, Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South met School Nurse Week campaigners at her constituency office in Houghton-le-Spring to offer her support for the campaign and to discuss the vital role school nurses play in helping pupils to lead a healthy life from early years.
This week on the Public Accounts Committee we held an inquiry into NHS ambulance services in England. Given how many constituents have told me about their distressing experiences of waiting for an ambulance in recent times, I was keen to raise my concerns with NHS and government officials.
On Wednesday 1st February 2017, Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, met with her constituent and a local campaigner for bone cancer, Zoe Davison, at The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer campaign event at parliament.
On Friday 13th January 2017 I met with Dr Harriet Mitchison, Consultant Gastroenterologist and her colleagues at Sunderland Royal Hospital to discuss the negative health impacts of cheap alcohol, which can be readily found in shops.
Just days into the new year, the NHS is once again mired in crisis. Last week brought news of the deaths of two patients following waits on trolleys in corridors of well over 24 hours, and there have been numerous reports of other patients who have been forced to wait for days on end for urgent treatment.
Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has used a series of parliamentary questions to expose the alarming decline in the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) GPs working in Sunderland.
On 20th October the government announced their plan to impose huge funding cuts on community pharmacies. This will have significant and adverse effect on the nineteen pharmacies in my constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South, which could put some on the brink of closure as a result.
I know that many people are concerned about access to GP services. Too many constituents tell me that it is almost impossible to get an appointment with their local doctor when they need one.
Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, has pressed the government to halt the alarming shortfall in the number of GPs in Sunderland.