Graham Stuart - Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness
Graham was first elected as the MP for Beverley and Holderness in 2005, and at the General Election of 2010 and of 2015 he was re-elected. Graham’s first task on election in 2005 was to fight the Labour Government’s plans to close all NHS beds in the Beverley and Holderness constituency. The government had announced the closure of Beverley, Hornsea and Withernsea community hospitals leaving local residents, and particularly the elderly, at risk. Graham led marches in all three towns and then founded CHANT (Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together), a national, cross-party pressure group to campaign for community hospitals. He led repeated delegations to meet Ministers, broke the record for the number of petitions presented to Parliament in one day, organised a rally addressed by David Cameron and Boris Johnson and eventually persuaded the Government to u-turn and announce additional funding for community hospitals and services. As a result the Primary Care Trust gained funding to build a new hospital in Beverley and maintain beds in Withernsea. Graham continues to meet regularly with the local NHS Trusts to preserve health services for the local community.
- 18 January 2016
- Communication, Other
- Local Alliances:
- East Riding Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
By publicising the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance and attending Dementia Action Alliance events, I will be helping foster a local dementia friendly community.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
There are many time pressures on parliamentarians and there are many competing issues on the public and political agenda at this time.
Become a Dementia Friend
I will become a Dementia Friend and would like to attend the face-to-face session that is being planned to take place at the Cherry Tree Community Association (CTCA) in 2016.
Attendance at DAA Events
Where possible and practical I will show my support by attending Dementia Action Alliance events.
In September 2015 I attended the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance World Alzheimer’s Day Celebration Event and presented recognition certificates to DAA members.
I am hoping to attend the upcoming East Riding Community Hospital (ERCH) Dementia Friendly Ward Project engagement afternoon that is planned to be held in February / March 2016.
- Implementation, Planning
Publicity of the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance
I will publicise the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance and my membership to the Dementia Action Alliance through as many means as possible, such as through social media.