“Absolutely delighted,” was the reaction by Gloucester MP Richard Graham to the news that the Gloucestershire NHS Hospitals Trust has been awarded £40m of additional investment by NHS England to modernise and improve facilities at both the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and the Cheltenham General
Despite the intense winter, our Gloucestershire Royal Hospital was ranked 15th out of 137 hospitals in January for their A&E performance. The Health Secretary agreed that this is thanks to the great work of the staff there.
Some things, when you want to improve a city, turn out to be surprisingly awkward. The temptation is to focus on easier goals - after all the electoral cycle is quite short. But I believe in persistence.
Last year I co-chaired a Joint Select Committee inquiry into the Future of Supported Housing. The government's response to that inquiry adopted almost all of our recommendations, but made no particular commitment to our specific recommendation on Women's Refuges.