“My week started on Sunday with the mayor’s big tidy up beach clean. It was good to see so many people out and helping – thanks to our residents, the mayor and consort, councillors and officers who took part and helped organise this.

“It’s Carers’ Week, and I’d like to express my thanks to all who care for someone else – you are at the core of our wonderful community. You are valued for the time you give often in difficult circumstances. I hope you know about the carers’ card, which gives discounts in shops, gyms, entertainment, and public transport. You can find more information and how to apply here:

“The Carers’ Centre has a lot of resources to help, including weekly “coffee” and chat  mornings via zoom. The Centre  is hosting an online gallery this week with carers’ photos, pictures, poems and stories.

“Healthwatch have recently published two reports which show that we have some health services which are underperforming: The performance of mental health services for children and young people (CAMHS) is also of concern:  according to national reports, 38% of young people have waited more than 18 weeks for their first assessment.

“We also have a dental crisis which shows no signs of slowing, with  a majority of people struggling to access timely NHS dental  care.

“Labour will ensure that we monitor progress in resolving these and other health issues as we transition out of the pandemic – our Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee members will take the lead in doing so.

“On a more positive note, I spent an evening at A&E in our hospital this week. The people who looked after me and the other patients were excellent.

“I saw only positive treatment of patients and all staff were polite and helpful in this high-pressure environment.”

Read Councillor Appich’s full article in Brighton & Hove News here.


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