MPs Column

This week’s announcement of an extra £394m a week for the NHS is very welcome and amounts to a yearly 3.4 percent increase in real cash terms.. As I understand it, the increase is slightly higher in the early years to enable the NHS to respond to the particular funding pressure it faces today. This increase does not reduce the need for greater integration between health services which will reduce waste but more importantly, improve patient care and health outcomes. There are three things I want to emphasise; public health (how we stay safe, fit and healthy) must be a focus of our attention in addition to extra cash for the NHS, secondly we must not take our foot off the peddle in our drive to integrate and resource health and social care, and thirdly, a subject I raised with the Secretary of State on Monday, Cornwall and the South West, must get its fair share of NHS funding. Jeremy Hunt has agreed to set up a meeting with me and those that allocate health funding to look at this particular issue.

This weekend (22-24 June) sees the annual Great Get Together celebration which is inspired by the memory of Jo Cox.

Earlier this year I contacted groups and organisations across the constituency inviting them to take part in this year’s Great Get Together. West Cornwall and Scilly lead the way when it comes to volunteers who want to bring communities together and I’m delighted that a number of events have been planned to celebrate all that unites us.

On Friday, 22nd June, the Penwith 50+ Forum is organising a coffee morning at Hanover Court, Penzance from 10am with a guest speaker from Wiltshire Farm Foods for people on their own; call 01736 788722 if you would like to attend.

Also on Friday, St Ives School is organising a fun run for students while Parc Eglos School in Helston is welcoming grandparents into the classroom to help their grandchildren with their lessons before they enjoy a cream tea (these two events are not for the general public). The following day, Saturday, 23rd June, Helston Bowling Club is holding a Great Get Together event from 11am; also in Helston, the Swallows of Helston Gymnastics Club, on the Water Ma Trout Industrial Estate, are holding a community teashop event on the lawn in front of the club from 9am to noon while members take part in International Handstand Day. On Saturday evening, St Ives Old Cornwall Society are holding their traditional Midsummer Bonfire on Carnstabba Hill, Halsetown (behind the Halsetown Inn car park) with music and community singing from 8pm while the bonfire will be lit at 9pm (pasties available). And finally if you’re in the Heamoor area on Sunday, there is another Great Get Together event from 2 to 5pm at St Thomas Church Hall, Church Road; refreshments are free.

Visit www.greatgettogether.org/ for more information and to see other events taking place as part of the Great Get Together weekend.