This year the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary, and as we look ahead to the future at this historic milestone we should be looking at how technology can improve services for patients.
That’s the argument I made in a report that was published by leading think-tank the Centre for Policy Studies in May, which was endorsed by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
My report sets a target that by the 80th anniversary of the NHS in 2028 all interactions within the health service will be digitally driven. The full report can be downloaded from my website at alanmak.org.uk/NHSReport
In the constituency, I recently met with Emsworth in Bloom, as they got their colourful floral displays ready for the summer season.
Run by Sheila Morris and her dedicated team, they have planted a number of delightful flowers all around Emsworth, which have proved popular with residents and even bring in visitors from across the area.
Having seen them in action over the last few years, and seeing the difference their efforts are making to the town, I donated £500 to pay for a new planter outside the Emsworth Surgery in the town centre.
Groups such as Emsworth in Bloom, is one of the reasons why this year I’m planning to run an expanded Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair in the Havant Meridian Centre.
Building on the success of the Older Persons Fair on Hayling Island for the last two years, this event, taking place on Friday 3 August between 10am and 2pm, will be the perfect opportunity to showcase the best community groups in the constituency.
So whether you want to find out about a volunteering opportunity, a community project or social group, then come along on the day to find out more.
Don’t forget nominations are now open for my 3rd Havant Small Business Awards. Whether it's a favourite cafe, pub or restaurant, a tradesman who has gone the extra mile, or a local business leader or apprentice who has inspired you, all nominations are welcome.
I’m already looking forward to seeing the nominations for this year and I encourage everyone to visit my website alanmak.org.uk/nominate to find out more.