It was a joyous start to the week to join the medical doctors graduating at the graduation ceremony in Chelmsford Cathedral on Monday 17th July. Many, many congratulations to the 81 new doctors, to all those at Anglia Ruskin University and those across our hospitals and GP practices who have helped to train them.
Thanks to government funding to increase the number of medical places, the Medical School opened five years ago and has been a huge success seeing the first ever doctors to be trained in Essex graduate. Many of them want to stay working locally in our NHS.
Anglia Ruskin has been a pioneer in introducing apprenticeship routes into nursing and other health degrees.
I have been pressing for an enlargement of the Medical School and would dearly like it to be able to double in size. This would be great for the future of the NHS in Essex.
Staying with medical matters, people across Chelmsford often write to me about GP surgery capacity. I am campaigning to increase GP Surgery capacity in Chelmsford. Please support my campaign, fill in my summer survey, and help me petition the NHS to get this done.
Together with local people, I’ve drawn up a six-point plan for our area – and I want to know what your top priorities are.
If we can demonstrate that local people back our plan, we’ll have a much stronger case to make our streets safer, increase GP surgery capacity, improve skills and training, deliver better infrastructure and protect our green and open spaces.
Thank you to the hundreds of Chelmsford people who have already signed up to support my campaign to increase capacity at our GP’s surgeries. It is really important to show that local people support this, please do visit my website www.vickyford.uk and support the campaign.
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