MP COLUMN: Andrea Jenkyns’ latest column


At the Conservative Party Conference, the Prime Minister laid out her vision for the future of Britain.

The “quiet revolution” for a proud and united British society is something I have called for in the past and something I will continue to support.

We need to recognise the needs of those who have felt left behind over the past two decades and represent them effectively.

We also need to recognise the wishes of those who rightfully voted to leave the European Union on June 23.

The continued call for Parliamentary involvement on the terms of our exit from the EU undermines the importance of the referendum and the will of the British people.

Following the conference, it was concerning to hear about the outbreak of Scabies at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

I lost my father to a patient safety concern and I became a politician to be able to raise and combat patient safety issues such as these.

While it was comforting to hear Martin Barkley, chief executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust, describe how the outbreak will be combated, I will work further to make sure this issue is remedied.

As a member of the Health Select Committee and Chair of the APPG on Patient safety, I will investigate the implementation of safeguards to protect patients from future contamination.

In more positive health news, Global Handwashing Day is set for the October 15.

It is a fantastic initiative that will raise awareness about how crucial washing your hands really is.

Especially considering over 200 million people and 100 different countries across the globe are involved with the scheme every year.

I started the Handz campaign for a similar reason, to try and save some of the 600,000 people who die every year following poor handwashing.

The Campaign encourages MPs to engage with local schools and hospitals to raise awareness regarding hand hygiene and its necessity.

The campaign is supported by Dr. Philippa Whitford MP, Emma Reynolds MP and a variety of industry experts.

In Morley it was fantastic to hear about the launch of the Morley Food Market.

It is a fantastic event that allows local businesses to show-off their delicious produce.

It will be interesting to see how initiatives such as these revitalise our towns once the footfall sensor being developed by Manchester Metropolitan University and their partners has been installed in my office.

More and more people will be drawn to the High Street by community events such as these.

With most of the business in Morley being independently run, it is important that we continue to support dedicated and entrepreneurial individuals and their families

It was inspiring to hear about Gillian Attack’s successful book launch at Morley Library.

‘The Storm Within the Rose’ was inspired by Gillian’s mother, Betty, following her tragic death from Alzheimer’s.

Hopefully the book will draw attention to some of the problems with care in our area and make sure no one suffers as Gillian has.

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