Huw Merriman MP

Crunch time for British farmers

Wednesday was ‘Back British Farming’ day. To mark the event, I joined the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in Parliament to discuss some of the challenges faced by farmers and producers in East Sussex. The NFU provided MPs with a large wheat-pin badge to publicly display support for the sector during PMQs in Parliament. I had to disappoint on that front; I hate all of the gimmicks which MPs pin and wear. If you added a year’s worth, we would look like Pearly Kings and Queens. The only item I display on my person is a poppy.

Dr Adrian Bull SUS-160803-122733001

Happy to give Trust praise it deserves

Shortly after being elected as your MP in 2015, the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) which runs our hospitals in Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne was put into special measures by the health regulator. The main areas of concern cited were maternity services, outpatient provision, surgery and accident and emergency care. Despite frontline caring services being rated as good, ESHT was rated overall as ‘inadequate’. With a higher than average elderly population, and therefore more vulnerable people needing an excellent health service, this situation was particularly troubling.

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