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 Celebrates Dolphin Lane's 20th Birthday

Fantastic to visit Dolphin Lane Residential Home in Thorpe to celebrate 20 years of the home.

I am glad I had the opportunity to see this amazing art exhibition and thank the brilliant team here for all they do.

Andrea attends First Aid demonstration

Andrea attended a demonstration on first aid, with a focus on children, from the British Red Cross in Morley. Basic knowledge of procedures can save lives. A number of resources are available on the #RedCross website and on a dedicated app.

Andrea meets Matt Hancock to discuss EDS

Residents may remember that I met 9 year old Lydia at my Health Fair in March, she bravely told me all about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and what she goes through every day. You can see more about this here: Click here

Andrea Meets with South West Yorkshire NHS Trust Leaders

Had a very informative meeting with the head of the South West Yorkshire NHS Trust today, good to pass on resident's comments and discuss improvements. Also visited the Fieldhead Mental Health Museum- thanks to Ash for showing me all the exhibits & great work they have planned!

Andrea Opens the Innnovating Patient Safety Summit 2019

The sad loss of my dad from MRSA is what drove me into politics.

Since being elected in 2015, I have sat on the Health Select Committee, and founded the APPG for Patient Safety. I was honoured to speak to open Innnovating Patient Safety Summit in London today.


Andrea Supports Brain Tumour Research

Brain tumours affect the lives of so many and, sadly, less than 20% of those diagnosed survive beyond five years.

Thank you to Brain Tumour Research and my constituents Levi's Star for organising such an inspiring event in Parliament last night.

Andrea meets with Alcohol Health Alliance UK

Yesterday, I was pleased to meet with Alcohol Health Alliance UK in Parliament and hear about the excellent work they are doing.

I look forward to working with them to raise awareness about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.