• Stephen Hammond MP
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  • Stephen Hammond MP
  • Stephen Hammond MP
  • Stephen Hammond MP
  • Stephen Hammond MP
  • Stephen Hammond MP

Welcome to the website of Stephen Hammond

Stephen Hammond MPHello, I am the MP for Wimbledon. Since being elected in May 2005 I have been working hard to represent the interests of my constituents in Parliament. I hope this website will give you a good idea of what I have been up to, both in Wimbledon and in Westminster.

Amongst other things you will find information about local campaigns, some interesting facts about the constituency, and a ‘Have Your Say’ page where you can post your comments or ideas. Also listed are my contact details and links to other websites which you may find useful.

I hold surgeries every fortnight in the constituency. These are a chance for my constituents to come and see me and I will do all I can to help them. Appointments are by prior arrangement only so please call my parliamentary office on 0207 219 1029 to enquire about availability and to book an appointment.

If your problem is very urgent you should telephone my Westminster office on 020 7219 1029. However, issues such as immigration and housing can be more quickly dealt with via the contact form on this website or via letter.

I look forward to meeting or hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Updates from Stephen Hammond MP

Member of Parliament for Wimbledon

Recent blog posts

Stephen Hammond has welcomed announcements in the budget to support pubs in Wimbledon.

The budget announced:

  • Tax on beer to be cut by a penny a pint, helping local pubs.
  • Duties on Scotch whisky and other spirits will be frozen, supporting the Scottish whisky industry.
  • Duty on ordinary ciders to be frozen, helping West Country cider makers hit by the recent weather.
  • The duty escalator for wine has been abolished.

Stephen Hammond commented:

'This budget is great news for the 4,200 pubs and the 50,900 people who work in them in London.

‘This is the second year that a penny has been taken off a pint, with duties on Scottish whisky and most ciders frozen too.

‘Pubs are an important part of local life in Wimbledon. This is welcome support for them, protecting jobs, and serving up some extra help for hardworking people.' 

 

Dear Constituent,

Thank you for your interest in the Care Bill and Clause 119.

I am proud of the fact that because of the difficult decisions we have taken on public spending, we have been able to protect and increase spending on the NHS. However, in extreme circumstances, when a Trust goes into administration, it is necessary to give the administrator enough power to take the difficult decisions necessary to ensure patients get safe care. This clause makes vital changes to the Trust Special Administrator regime (TSA) that will help protect hospital services and save patients’ lives.

I understand that there was some support for amendment NC16. However, this amendment would have effectively wrecked the purpose of clause 119 and the regime as a whole. I therefore did not support it. In fact you will be interested to know that after the amendment was discussed, and the Government made reassurances about the concerns it raised, it was withdrawn by its proposer

It may help to clarify that the TSA regime, introduced by Labour in 2009, provides a time-limited, clear and transparent way of dealing with local health services which are badly failing. This process is used only as a last resort, in the most urgent cases when all other efforts to ensure safe, effective and affordable local services have been unsuccessful and lives are potentially being put at risk. This regime has only ever been used twice (Mid-Staffordshire and South London) - exceptional cases where vast sums of taxpayers’ money were being spent on bailing out failed hospitals or where patients were suffering from dangerously poor care.

Turning things around in these most severe of cases requires that the administrators can take a look at the wider health services locally. The Government’s view is that the original legislation was always intended to allow the administrators to look at the wider health economy in this way. This is the only sensible way to resolve problems for local patients. We have a national health service, comprised of interdependent hospitals, and so it cannot be right that the administrators are currently only able to look at single failing providers in isolation. This Government therefore introduced clause 119 to the Care Bill. Without it, improving patient care and preserving hospital services will be much harder.

Claims that hospitals will be closed without consultation are nothing more than irresponsible scaremongering. The NHS is currently turning round a number of hospitals in special measures, many of which have had deep seated problems for years. Clause 119 ensures that commissioners of other affected trusts would have every opportunity to make their views known. It also lengthens the time the administrator has to produce their draft report and extends the formal consultation on the recommendations, crucially giving more time for involvement of the public and all key stakeholders.

It is important to restate that this clause only applies to the administrator regime which is only used as a last resort in the most serious of circumstances. In such situations, lives are put at risk if the problem is not dealt with swiftly and effectively. We need to have a regime of last resort that is able to address these problems in the interests of the taxpayer, patients and the public, rather than simply ignoring problems or bailing out failed and unsafe services.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Yours sincerely,

 

Stephen Hammond MP

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