I met with the CEO of Peabody this week and pressed him on repairs, cladding, and support for leaseholders. I’m also organising a walkabout Peabody estates with residents and representatives from Peabody so watch this space. I regularly meet local housing associations to discuss issues raised with me by constituents – please get in touch if ever you need my help.
The Public Accounts Committee spoke with senior officials on urgent and emergency care. We questioned them on a range of issues, including the NHS' winter preparedness and how they will ensure ambulances can quickly discharge patients into Accident and Emergency. Do look out for our report, which will be published in the autumn.
We also discussed the NHS workforce plan. This covers the next 15 years, and the Government has allocated £2.4 billion towards implementing it. However, there is a catch; the money only covers the first five years of training. It does not cover the ongoing staff and delivery costs of the programme. So whilst I welcome the fact that this is being properly considered plan, there are still many questions that need to be answered about the long-term funding.