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Windsor MP welcomes action on social media to improve children’s mental health

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed a government review on the impact of technology, in particular social media, on children’s mental health and wellbeing. This review will examine, among other aspects, recent efforts made by companies to with regards to age verification, screen-time limits and cyber bullying.

This follows on from a letter written six months ago by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt MP, challenging social media companies to take voluntary action.

Windsor MP welcomes extra money for Frimley Health Trust

Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, has welcomed an additional funding for Frimley Health Trust – one of the NHS Authorities covering the Windsor constituency.

The extra funding will be provided as targeted investment for eight Primary Care Community Hubs and a care home in Heathlands.

This funding increase follows the publication of Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which sets out plans to increase efficiency in the trust through greater prevention, early detection and more proficient management practices.

Overall, NHS spending has increased from £112.2bn in 2010 when the Conservatives entered Government to £122.5bn in 2016. It is predicted to increase by £3.75bn next year. At the same time, the budget deficit has been cut from 10% of GDP to 2.4%.

 

The MP for the Windsor constituency, Adam Afriyie welcomed the figures:

“I’m over the moon that, despite the very tight budget constraints, the Chancellor has responded to the pressing issues facing the NHS in the Windsor Constituency.

“Frimley Health Trust has already set out a very ambitious plan to increase efficiency in our local services. However, as a constituency with a high proportion of elderly people, social care provision is obviously also a prominent area of concern, and one that requires increased investment, not just greater efficiency. I very much welcome plans for new care homes that take into account the needs of the local population.

“It is very important to note that this is investment, not simply greater spending, and that the Conservative’s plan to cut the deficit has not been halted.

“We have already cut the deficit by more than 70% whilst growing the economy by 11.4% and overseeing unemployment fall to historic lows. It’s hard to overemphasize just how wildly inaccurate Labour’s claims were a few years ago that our economic plan would increase the deficit, shrink the economy and increase unemployment.

“Targeted investment such as this, or increasing the overall research and development budget to 2.4% of GDP, are about building a better Britain after Brexit: a high tech economy leading the world in next generation industries like FinTech; a trade strategy that recognises developing and rapidly growing economies; and robust public finances that take into account economic reality.”

 

ENDS

Note to editors

  1. Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Guinea and Ghana.
  2. He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
  3. He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
  4. He was shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
If you’re struggling this Stoptober – pick up an e-cigarette

We’re midweek through Stoptober – an annual tradition where people try and abstain from smoking. Unfortunately, for too many people this monthly habit normally ends after a week, or going straight back to their old habit whilst packing away the Halloween decorations on 1st November.

Like many of those currently trying to stop I did so very intermittently: a week or so here or even for a month or two. But for some reason the temptation for nicotine always lingered as doggedly as the smell of tobacco clings to clothes.

Bracknell Forest News Column: Tuesday, 6 December 2016

As society changes and technology deepens our understanding of the natural world, some curious anachronisms have emerged in our current prescription charge system. Unchanged since 1968, it is in need of reform.

A broad political consensus exists that it is unfair as some long-term conditions qualify people for free prescriptions – like diabetes, for example – whilst others don’t – like schizophrenia.

March is ‘Brain Cancer Awareness’ Month

Of all of the constituents I have met in the past decade few have made such an impression as Andrew Scarborough. Andrew was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour at the age of 27. While his tumour was impossible to fully remove Andrew is managing his condition and will hopefully be taking part in a promising ketogenic clinical trial being run at Charing Cross Hospital later this year.

Andrew’s story is inspirational but his illness is not unique. Brain tumours are far more common than one might imagine. More people under 40 die of a brain tumour than from any other cancer – 5,000 a year in total. In spite of this brain cancer research receives far less funding than some of the more well-known cancers. Just one percent of the total amount spent on cancer research in the UK is allocated to this devastating disease.