Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox spoke in the House of Commons Queen’s Speech debate on Tuesday about her recent tour of the Priestley Unit at Dewsbury District Hospital.
Mrs Cox was shown around the unit by Steven Michael, chief executive of the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust.
She met staff and discussed the unit’s work, the challenges the Trust faces and chatted with patients.
During debate in Parliament, Mrs Cox raised concerns that Government policy could increase demand for mental health services.
She told MPs: “Welfare changes implemented over the past five years have put an incredible strain on vulnerable people who need mental health care, and, according to the projection for the next five years, the number of people in that terrible situation will increase and our mental health care services will have to meet an increased demand.”
• New MP Jo Cox’s first advice surgery takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at Cleckheaton Town Hall.
The session is in the mayor's parlour from 10am to 12noon. Constituents who would like to raise an issue are welcome to attend.
Mrs Cox said: “I will hold regular surgeries all across the constituency as well as ad hoc specialist surgeries as required.”
She can be contacted on 01924 910499 or send an email to email@example.com.