Imagine your loved one goes into hospital for a routine operation, you put your faith in your hospital that everything will be just fine, but through complications they end up passing away. This is what happened to my family; my father went into our local hospital, he contracted the superbug MRSA and died. That was in 2011 and it ignited a passion in me to fight to defend the right of every individual to have the best healthcare that is centered around compassionate care. It was what happened to my father that led me onto this journey and my decision to stand to be your MP.
For over three years I have been a trustee and voluntary representative for our region for the national charity MRSA Action UK. Through this I have worked with hospital trusts and schools in raising awareness and on educational programmes and been involved with the Government’s patient-led inspection initiative. Locally I have worked with Pinderfields on their clean hands campaign and I organised for Kirkhamgate Primary to design a hand hygiene poster to be displayed in the hospital.
I have supported the charity Antibiotic Research UK, who are working on the next generation of antibiotics and I recently addressed 700 people at a British Bioindustry event discussing why we need more investment in antibiotics, at which we raised over £30,000 for the charity. I am also a reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research, who are working to establish the NHS as an internationally recognised centre of research excellence.
I am also an Arthritus local champion http://www.andreajenkyns.co.uk/news/andrea-jenkyns-pledges-become-arthritis-champion-morley-and-outwood Having suffered from a chronic pain condition personally for over ten years, my Mother has arthritis in her spine and my sister has MS, I know how important it is to support charities and champion their cause.
Please see below some recent articles regarding how I am working hard for better care in our hospitals;