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  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 3, 2017
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Wednesday this week, Layla Moran held a debate in Westminster Hall to highlight the issue of period poverty and the need to provide sanitary protection for those most vulnerable. It was an interesting debate, but there's no good the minister making sympathetic noises and everybody agreeing with each other if the Government doesn't do something about it. Layla pointed this out.

  • Disabled Children - Vince
    Article: Dec 1, 2017
    By Kirsten Johnson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Yesterday, the Disabled Children's Partnership campaign was launched in parliament. Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable came along to show his support, as well as many other MPs, peers, charities and family representatives. I was also pleased that former Care Minister Norman Lamb MP, was also able to come meet families.

  • HofP NHS
    Article: Nov 30, 2017
    By Helen Whately (Conservative), Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat) and Luciana Berger (Labour) in The Guardian

    The MPs Helen Whately (Conservative), Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat) and Luciana Berger (Labour) call on the health service not to abandon its promise

    Mental health care is not a luxury. For too long it has been the "Cinderella service", always forgotten when resources are being handed out and the first to be cut when times are hard. In recent years, with cross-party momentum behind it, finally mental health is beginning to get the attention it deserves.

  • NHS
    Article: Nov 29, 2017
    By Layla Moran

    A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of clinical correspondence that put thousands of patients at risk.

    The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed.

    It also criticises the Department for Health's lack of oversight of NHS Shared Business Services, the private company responsible for mislaying the documents.

  • NHS Surgeons
    Article: Nov 22, 2017

    This is nowhere near enough to stave off the looming disaster facing our NHS and social care services

    Philip Hammond has announced just £1.6bn of NHS funding for 2018-19, less than half the £4bn that NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and leading think tanks have said is needed.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 21, 2017
    By Vince Cable MP in The Guardian

    Urgent cash is needed for our ailing health service and those affected by corrosive benefit cuts. We have a plan which doesn't rely on a magic money tree

    There is a risk that this week's budget will be drowned out by Brexit and ministerial mishaps. But it really matters because the economy is in a precarious position.

  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has organised a cross-party group of 90 MPs, including select committee chairs and former cabinet ministers, to write to the prime minister urging the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a sustainable long-term settlement for these services.

    The call has been backed by a high-profile group of 15 committee chairs, 22 former ministers, six former secretaries of state, and several prominent ex-shadow ministers and select committee members. The Convention would work on a cross-party basis, engaging with the public and the health and care workforce, to confront the mounting pressures in the system arising from an older population and growing demand for healthcare.

    Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Wednesday, the MPs are urging the government to address the short-term challenges in the system, as well as endorsing the proposal for a cross-party approach to put these services on a stable long-term footing.

    The initiative has been led by former Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb, the Conservative Chair of the Health Select Committee, Dr. Sarah Wollaston, and Labour's former Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall.

    It follows a meeting between the prime minister and a group of Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs last February, in which Mrs May agreed to a discussion on the proposal with her advisors. However, the plans were interrupted by the General Election and no further progress has been made.

    Since then, there have been further reports of patients and older people being let down by longer waiting times for treatment, unmet care needs, and pressure on mental health budgets, while the Care Quality Commission recently warned that the health and care system is "straining at the seams".

    Efforts to confront the long-standing funding challenges in health and care have been undermined by conventional party politics. In signing up to the letter, the group of MPs are putting forward a genuine and constructive offer to the prime minister to assist in finding an agreed way forward to avoid more people missing out on vital care and support.

    Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk and Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

    "Tribal politics has failed to provide a solution to the existential challenges facing the NHS and social care. We know that the current situation is unsustainable, and these pressures will only get worse as we contend with an ageing population and rising demand for care and treatment.

    "This letter shows the strength of cross-party support for a new approach based on co-operation instead of political point-scoring. The fact that so many senior MPs and former cabinet ministers support this initiative is remarkable. Now the Government must act on it."

    Dr. Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes and Chair of the Health Select Committee, said:

    "The funding and workforce challenges facing our NHS and social care services are immense. Finding a long term, sustainable solution must be raised up the government's domestic agenda. The public want to see this resolved and this letter demonstrates the willingness of politicians to work constructively across party lines to make it happen.

    "I hope the Prime Minister will welcome this opportunity to build a consensus and deliver a long term solution for both the NHS and social care."

    Leicester West MP Liz Kendall, former Shadow Care Minister, said:

    "Our population is ageing, more people need help and support and our care services desperately need more money to cope, yet any party that comes up with a significant proposal for funding social care risks their political opponents destroying them.

    "We could carry on like this for yet another parliament, and yet another election, or we could face up to reality: we will only get lasting change if we secure a cross-party approach."

  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 18, 2017
    By News Meerkat in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has organised a cross-party group of 90 MPs, including select committee chairs and former cabinet ministers, to write to the prime minister urging the government to establish an NHS and Care Convention to find a sustainable long-term settlement for these services.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 16, 2017
    By Caron Lindsay | in Liberal Democrat Voice

    On Tuesday, MPs debated International Men's Day. Our participant in that debate was Jo Swinson. She would not ever be so shameless as to give a massive plug for her book, Equal Power, which is due out in February, but she used a lot of her speech to talk about how gender equality benefits both men and women. Men face pressures from our unequal world, she said, in mental health, employment, expectations of being the bread winner, of not showing emotion. She talked about the importance of both parents' roles in children's lives.

  • Swinson conference
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    Talking about periods apparently is still taboo. In fact we have had to wait until this month, in 2017 for the first ad ever in the UK to show a hand pouring a test-tube of blood-coloured liquid onto a sanitary towel, in lieu of the standard sterile-blue.

    The advert, which forms part of a new campaign called 'Blood Normal', attempts to get rid of the embarrassment around the 'Aunt Flo' after a recent survey found that nine out of ten women attempt to hide the fact they are on their period, and 56% of girls said they would rather be bullied at school than talk to their parents about periods.