27th Feb, 2021

Saqib Bhatti salutes planned health reforms as campaign continues

Solihull Editorial 19th Feb, 2021

MERIDEN MP Saqib Bhatti has hailed proposed reforms to the NHS.

It follows his own local campaign for increase healthcare provision across his constituency.

In September last year, Mr Bhatti launched a petition calling for a greater provision of healthcare services for his constituents.

In it he said: “I believe my constituents deserve better than to see the gradual withdrawal of yet more services from their local area.

“I do not believe the local Clinical Commissioning Group is currently taking into account the geography and rural nature of the constituency.”

He also raised his concerns with the Department for Health and Social Care about the future of integrated care and making improvements to the patient experience within the NHS.

The government has since laid out plans in Parliament for wide scale NHS and social care reform following the pandemic.

These call for a more integrated, more innovative and responsive National Health Service with reduced bureaucracy, improved accountability and better support for social care and public health.

Commenting on the reforms, Mr Bhatti said: “The launch of integrated care services along with these reforms, I believe, will result in a

better deal for my constituents.

“Patients must be at the heart of everything we do and that is what these reforms aim to achieve.

“They will address our local concerns as the NHS and local government will come together legally – meaning they can plan health and care

services around patients’ needs, and quickly implement innovative solutions to problems which would normally take years to fix.

“Thank you to the residents who joined my campaign calling for greater local provisions, your support has been instrumental in securing these reforms.”

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