Vicky Foxcroft MP

Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for appendicitis. He also stated that the stab injuries he sees have become more ferocious and more frequent. This is the tip of the iceberg and we urgently need to see a public health approach to tackling youth violence.

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When will we see a public health approach to youth violence?

Earlier this month, major trauma surgeon at King's College Hospital Dr Duncan Bew stated his surgical team now treat more young patients with stab wounds than they do patients for... Read more

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.

The ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign was started after NHS England announced last July it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying patients a cure.

The campaign received a huge level of public support: more than 25,000 people took action by signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, writing to their MP, or signing a petition calling for NHS England’s decision to be reversed.

In response to the Anthony Nolan campaign, on 24th February NHS England announced new funding for second transplants, providing hope for up to 20 patients annually in England whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses after a year or more.

Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.

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Anthony Nolan 'Defend Second Transplants' Campaign

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment. The ‘Defend...

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views and information. nurserylobby.jpg

The Government Needs To Invest In Our Nursery Schools

Earlier this week Save The Children held a lobby in Parliament about the need for investment in England's nurseries. Many people from the constituency came along to share their views... Read more

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children.

Shameful Decision To Stop The Dubs Scheme

The Government recently announced that the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children. Read more

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham Deptford it’s 40% more than that at £558. Secondary schools in my constituency will also suffer hugely, with an average loss of £717 per pupil by 2020.

I support the idea that all schools should receive fair funding. However, simply taking money away from existing schools and redistributing it, when budgets all across the country are being cut, is not the answer. School budgets are facing the highest real-term cuts since the 1970s. We cannot afford to see essential services cut, staff cut, the curriculum being cut, and specialist support being cut.

A lack of funding in the system will be damaging to the community. In a time when we should be aiming to do everything in our power to close the attainment gap, I fear this will only widen it.  

School Funding Cuts

The Government’s proposed new funding formula will see schools in my constituency suffer massively. Across the country, the average loss per primary school pupil by 2020 is £339, in Lewisham... Read more

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