Health and the life sciences

Health; from the cradle to the grave

In my lifetime, I have been grateful recipient of the healthcare services in this country and from my experiences, I greatly value the excellent work that is undertaken by all those employed in the National Health Service (NHS). Yet, my experience with cancer allowed me to see first hand, not only why the NHS is the greatest healthcare system in the world, but, what more we is required drive forward patient outcomes. 

I am committed to protecting and driving forward our NHS services to continue to deliver first class, high quality care whilst meeting the challenges of a modern healthcare service. This includes protecting local services for local people ensuring that the 275,000 people currently served by West Suffolk Hospital as well as our brilliant GP services, continue to care for our communities from 'cradle to grave'. 

My priority is to ensure that, despite the rural challenges of delivering healthcare in Suffolk, constituents can still access good health and social care services and find the support they require. I work closely alongside our health experts, providers and charities to ensure residents can always access the support they need. 

Life sciences

However, our region is fast establishing itself as a centre for technological advancements across sectors, including health. With this, I believe we have the potential to deliver groundbreaking innovation in patient care and treatments through healthcare innovation and the life sciences. Using biological and medical information in the right way, by for instance studying the human genome, could help save precious time for clinicians and, more importantly, help many patients. 

However, without support our life sciences sector, this could not be possible. But to support our life sciences is also to understand what it means and what it does. Directly employing 140,000 people and injecting £30.4 billion to UK growth, the life sciences involves the scientific study of living organisms such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings.

Naturally, this sort of study remains largely confined to the academic sphere. However, the life sciences is a vastly dynamic and fast growing industry, with businesses taking on more of the study to drive forward progress in farming, health and technology. For instance, concerns over climate change have brought a new focus into public sector research and development funding. That is why innovation in the agri-tech sector can help optimise food security of wheat, the UK’s most significant arable crop amongst others.

Clearly the life sciences has the ability to optimise the consequences of everyday biological occurences. As a major employer, a global export and a thriving new sector, it is right UK innovation and entrepreneurship should be support.