2020 AGM – Item 3 (Guest Speaker – David Simmonds, MP)

Our Guest Speaker, David Simmonds, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, delivers a message for PMCPA members.

Transcript of remarks by David Simmonds MP

I’m David Simmonds, the Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner and I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody involved in the Pinn Medical Centre, for the work that has been put in supporting local residents and patients throughout the Covid crisis. It has been striking to me, engaging both with patients’ groups, and the staff and the Partners who run the centre, how valued this is in the local community. I have made the case to Ministers, including the Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, who has been enormously helpful in securing the funding that’s required to keep the Pinn open, and I continue to work extremely hard and very closely with all those involved to make sure that the Pinn has a future, both recognising the value of walk-in centres to the NHS in the long-term, and also the value that it provides. Not just to people who live close by and all those patients who are on the register, but also to local people who may need medical attention when they can’t get it from their GP and for whom going to A&E at Northwick Park or Hillingdon simply isn’t the best option. It’s incredibly valued. I receive a lot of praise in my constituency inbox from local people for the service that they receive there, and I wish it the very best for a long and bright future.

PMCPA October 2020