12 JUL 2017

Greg meets head of new young people's mental health service

Greg met the Chief Executive of the new provider of the local young people's mental health service, John Brouder.

The contract for the new service starts on 1 September 2017.

Greg said:

"Given that we have suffered from an inadequate Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for far too long, I wanted to meet the Chief Executive of the NHS Trust chosen to run the new service as soon as possible.

"He told me that they want to transform the service to make it much more community based and with a single point of referral which should make it easier and simpler for schools, GPs and families to access services.

"I told him that I welcome this approach but made it very clear to him that I will be keeping a close eye on them as I want to see is a marked improvement."

Contracts have been awarded for two local mental health services – a new young people's mental health service and all-age eating disorders service – in Kent & Medway.

The organisation providing these two new services will be North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).


10 JUL 2017

Greg congratulates Langton Green Community Sports Association on award

Greg congratulated Langton Green Community Sports Association on being awarded Construction Project of the Year for its new Sports Pavilion by Kent Excellence in Business.

Greg commented:

"The building of the new sports pavilion in Langton Green was a fantastic community effort so this award is very well deserved. It just shows what can be done when everyone pulls together."

Greg officially opened the Sports Pavilion last September.


07 JUL 2017

Greg visits Kent County Show

Whilst at the Kent County Show, Greg visited the Produced in Kent and Kent Police stands.

He also spoke to the Kent County Agricultural Society about the important contribution that the agricultural and food production industries make to the economy.

 

 


07 JUL 2017

Longfield Flyover Opening

Greg hailed the opening of the Longfield flyover this morning as a significant step in the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling.

Greg said:

"For months we've sat in queues watching the bridge being built so it's a relief that it's finally open.

"This is a significant step, bringing to an end the need for travellers on the A21 to get snarled up in the Industrial Estate traffic – delaying both. And it also marks the start of the final few months of works after which we will see the full benefits of the project.

"The delays have been frustrating but given how long and hard we campaigned for the dualling we have been patient knowing that at last the dualling is taking place."


30 JUN 2017

Greg meets head of local adult mental health service

Greg met with the Chief Executive of Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), Helen Greatorex, to talk about local adult mental health services.

He was pleased to hear that the Care Quality Commission has recently rated 8 out of 10 of their services as either Good or Outstanding which is a big improvement. Two years ago KMPT was rated as Requires Improvement.

Greg commented:

"For too long, our local adult mental health service has been unsatisfactory so it's great that things are now improving.

"I was really pleased to hear about the Trust's new initiatives such as providing a new primary care service in GP surgeries, running Saturday morning clinics and working more closely with the police and other emergency services to help people in crisis.

"However, there is still some way to go and I will continue to take a close interest to ensure that mental health patients start to receive the same level of service as someone with a physical health problem."


26 JUN 2017

Greg Clark Responds to Southeastern Consultation

Following a survey of his constituents, Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark has submitted his response to the Department for Transport's consultation on the future of the Southeastern franchise. Greg encouraged constituents to send him their priorities for the network, and also met with his Rail Action Group of local commuters as part of developing his response.

Greg said: "I am most grateful to everyone who got in touch with their views, which have informed my response to the consultation. The last few years of service have not been good enough; on too many days the network has been disrupted, while trains have become more crowded, prices have gone up, and communication with passengers continues to be an issue – particularly when things go wrong.

These issues and more featured in the feedback I received, and my response emphasises the need to deliver a service which is reliable, which provides better value for money and which maintains current level of service to and from all stations – adding extra services wherever possible. Other issues in my response include calling for more flexibility in ticketing options, improved capacity through longer trains, and that the network is updated with on-board WiFi. I will continue to press the Department for Transport to take our comments to heart, and that the next operator will be expected to deliver an improved level of service across the board."

Pictured: Greg handing his response to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport. For a copy of Greg's full response, please email greg.clark.mp@parliament.uk


23 JUN 2017

New contracts for young peoples' mental health services

Contracts have been awarded for two local mental health services – a new young people's mental health service and all-age eating disorders service – in Kent & Medway.

The organisation providing these two new services will be North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

Commenting on the announcement, Greg said:

"Given the chequered history of our local Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), I am not going to endorse the new provider until I see for myself substantial and sustained improvements.

"Five years ago our local CAMHS service was in an appalling state and I made a commitment to get it improved. Following pressure, a new NHS Trust was appointed to run the service in 2012 which did result in, for example, better waiting times but it was still not good enough. In advance of this new contract, I asked constituents, local schools and GPs what needed to be changed and made sure that the people awarding the new contract were fully aware of this feedback and that I expected big improvements.

"I have asked to meet with the Chief Executive of the new provider of services soon as possible to ensure that they know I will be keeping a very close eye on them and that I will not hesitate to take action if they do not deliver the expected improvements."


16 JUN 2017

Greg visits Kent College in Pembury

Greg met pupils from Kent College, Pembury, who have recently taken part in a school mock election.


16 JUN 2017

Greg meets new Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Manager

Greg met with Karen Pengally, the new Town Centre Manager for Tunbridge Wells, to discuss her plans for attracting businesses and visitors to the town.

Greg said:

"Many towns and London boroughs have benefitted from having a Town Centre Manager so it's great that Tunbridge Wells now has one. Over the last few years, people have changed the way they shop and spend their leisure time so it's really important that we recognise this and adapt to these changes to ensure our town centre remains vibrant."


02 MAY 2017

Greg backs rural train services

Greg has written to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of services from rural stations, after a question in the consultation on the South Eastern franchise led to concerns of reduced services from stations in between Ashford and Tonbridge.

The question reads: 'How far do you support, or oppose, reducing railway journey times to key destinations in Kent and East Sussex by reducing stops at less well used intermediate stations to create hourly fast services?'

Greg said:

"It is important to recognise that no proposal for change has been made, and that the consultation is a broad exercise seeking views on the terms of the new South Eastern franchise. However, the stations between Ashford and Tonbridge are well-used and serve vital rural areas, and I would certainly be opposed to any reduction from their current level of service.

"In addition, it is already possible to travel from Ashford to London in under 40 minutes via High Speed 1, so there is simply no reason to disrupt the service on the Ashford to Tonbridge line. And as constituents who got in touch with me have also pointed out, reducing services from these stations would have the knock-on effect of driving commuter traffic to other towns which don't have the parking infrastructure to support it.

"Therefore, though I am already submitting a formal response to the Department for Transport's consultation, I have also written to the Secretary of State to make clear my views and those of my constituents on this specific issue."


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