Supporting Our NHS

Andrea Jenkyns on how she is fighting for a better, more compassionate NHS


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.

Please see below some recent articles regarding how I am working hard for better care in our hospitals;



Andrea Welcomes New Leeds Hospital

Fantastic news that Leeds will be one of the 40 new hospitals

This is part of the biggest hospital building programme in a generation, and the local NHS Leeds plans are very exciting!

Andrea Hosts Patient Safety Webinar

Today it was an honour to chair the webinar “Patient Safety and Embracing Technology” alongside Omnicell & patient safety representatives for an online interactive discussion on embracing technology to reduce medication errors.

Andrea Sees COVID Vaccine Research in Leeds

Really great visit to St James's Hospital in Leeds this afternoon to catch up with the brilliant team, discuss local NHS preparedness, and hear more about the amazing research being done here - including on the Coronavirus!

Andrea asks questions on Coronavirus

Last week, I asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care some questions on the Coronavirus crisis. In these troubling times, I want to make sure constituents are getting the information they need, therefore I have submitted the following written questions.

Andrea Supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Great event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Parliament. Diagnosing ovarian cancer sooner can save lives!

Andrea Meets Health Secretary to Discuss CoronaVirus

Yesterday, I met with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and other Conservative West Yorkshire MPs to discuss Coronavirus preparations.

The Government is doing everything they can, guided by science and will support workers and business.

Andrea Visits New Thai Restaurant

Amazing new business here in Morley!

Today I visited Nat's Padthai to meet our newest small business, they do traditional breakfasts as well as amazing looking Thai food!

For me, the veggie options look amazing! Can't wait to try!

Andrea Welcomes Local NHS Investment

I went into politics after the loss of my father in 2011, wanting to improve the NHS. 

That is why I am so pleased to welcome this NHS funding into our local area.