Health and Social Care

Mel cares deeply about our NHS and the principle of universal healthcare, free at the point of use, to those in need. In 2018 as a treasury minister Mel helped to provide the largest ever cash increase for our NHS (an addition £20 billion a year in real terms by 2023-24, including an additional £2.3 billion a year for mental health).

Locally in Central Devon he has fought vigorously to preserve and where possible improve local healthcare provision. This includes playing a key role in getting NHS England to intervene when North Tawton Medical Practice was earmarked for closure and working with campaigners in Pathfinder Village to convince NHS Devon not to close their GP surgery. When the old medical centre in Hatherleigh closed Mel pressed NHS England to get the new site up and running.

Mel helped to lobby the Secretary of State for Health for funding for the brand new, purpose-build health hub in Crediton which was given the final go ahead in August 2020. It will result in the merger of the two existing GP surgeries in the town and improve healthcare provision for residents in both the town and its surrounding villages.

Mel worked closely with the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh League of Friends to persuade the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust to retain the Ashburton Hospital building after it closed the hospital. It is now serving as a valuable Health and Wellbeing hub, providing a range of excellent outpatient services, including many that weren’t there before. He has also successfully pressed for the introduction of outpatient services at Okehampton and Moretonhampstead hospitals.

Prior to his election as an MP Mel served as Co-Chair of the Crediton Hospital Campaign Group.


Living with Covid

The UK is set to lift the remaining restrictions that have been in place as we have battled to get on top of the Covid-19 pandemic. It means that after 19th July we are likely to be the least restricted country in Europe despite the Delta variant spreading quickly.

Mel Stride MP welcomes huge rise in nursing applications

New figures released today show the number of applications to undergraduate nursing courses this year is a third higher than last year. UCAS has received 48,830 applications to nursing courses in England, up from 35,960 at the same point in 2020, representing a 34% increase.

Getting on Top of Covid

As a Conservative, each restriction placed on our lives this year has made me uncomfortable. It is against my instincts to accept a Government interfering in our lives to this extent.

Lockdown 2.0

Last Wednesday I voted to support the four-week national lockdown. I did so with mixed feelings but having studied the best available evidence I believe that I arrived at the right decision. Let me lay out both sides of the argument and explain why I voted the way I did.

Keep Healthy

I recently visited a local surgery to promote flu vaccinations as the Government aims to vaccinate 30 million people – the largest flu drive in our history. This will be carried out in two phases – firstly those who are usually eligible (e.g.