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I regularly visit the local hospitals and GPs in the Royal Town and never cease to be amazed by the outstanding effort and commitment our health professionals provide.

Just recently, I met with the Sutton Coldfield Group Practice to learn more about their recently set up Sutton Coldfield Aspiring to Clinical Excellence (ACE) Primary Care Team. Using innovative methods, they have improved the flow of elderly patients through Good Hope Hospital and significantly reduced avoidable admissions for the elderly whilst managing to reduce overall costs. I am excited to have them onboard for our ambitious plans to revitalise Sutton Cottage Hospital, transforming it into a multi-disciplinary care and support service for the elderly.

I take this opportunity to thank Dame Julie Moore who heads secondary health services in Sutton Coldfield. Consistently rated as one of the best leaders in the NHS, she has been most supportive of these plans and was integral in kick starting the project. Sadly, Dame Julie Moore will be retiring this summer after 12 years in charge.

The proposals for the Cottage Hospital has received a huge boost with the five year funding settlement announced by the Conservative Government last weekend which will see NHS funding increase by £394 million a week in real terms by 2024. Naturally, we must ensure every penny is well spent with savings invested back into patient care so that we can ensure patients are treated within their communities where they feel a sense of familiarity and receive a wealth of support from friends and family.

More locally, Conservatives will be leading the fight for a stronger community and more joined up services for our elderly and there is no better example of this campaigning spirit than in Erdington, Castle Vale with the newly elected Cllr Suzanne Webb (inset below) - founder of Project Fields - who has a track record of campaigning for local residents against the worst excesses of bad Birmingham policy and in particular, building unnecessarily on the Green Belt.

In Sutton Coldfield, we have long been the envy for our sense of community spirit, I am still staggered by the huge amount of hard work that Royal Suttonians undertake for the benefit of others. Indeed, the Royal Sutton Coldfield Community Directory is a true testament to this. It is a free and accessible online

resource offering local residents access to information on social care, health, wellbeing and advice services in the Royal Town.

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