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  • st lukes hosp
    Article: Apr 15, 2018
    By Philip Knowles in East Midlands Liberal Democrats

    For almost 30 years Phil Knowles was at the head of the campaign for the New Harborough Hospital, indeed for much of the time, he was the single voice fighting for what he constantly labelled as a much-needed community facility.

    Now one year on from the opening he says the sheer volume of those using the facility underlined just how much the facility is needed and just how important the campaign was.

  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Mar 28, 2018
    By Greg Foster

    Theresa May has been making positive noises about funding the NHS properly recently - and if she wants to do that, then the Lib Dem plan is the best one out there.

    Although it is a step in the right direction for Theresa May to take a long-term approach to funding the NHS, it is not clear whether the government will commit to new revenue streams to fund the health service.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Mar 23, 2018
    By Kirsten Johnson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's recent report on mental health provision is damning.

    Titled Maintaining momentum: driving improvements in mental health care, Rob Behrens' analysis confirms what we already know: mental health services are in crisis and people are suffering and dying because of it.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Mar 21, 2018
    By Lee Dargue in Liberal Democrat Voice

    I was excited to be speaking with many of our dedicated members, and many energised new members at the fantastic conference in Southport. To my joy, I found that mental health is still very much a key focus for our Party.

    In Coalition, thanks to Norman Lamb, Paul Burstow before him, and Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister, government finally had a focus on Mental Health - something shamefully ignored by previous governments. We introduced the first ever waiting times for some areas of mental health, and enshrined "parity of esteem" in law - the requirement for the NHS to give equal consideration to mental and physical health when offering treatment.

  • NHS logo
    Article: Mar 16, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The annual statistics on stillbirths, infant deaths and childhood deaths in England and Wales were published yesterday by the government. The report also includes data on the causes of death and information on key risk factors.

    This report evidences the first two-year increase in infant mortality rates in England and Wales for the last 30 years.

  • floella
    Article: Feb 27, 2018
    By Baroness Benjamin in Politics Home

    Whilst some parts of the government's National Child Obesity Strategy are welcome, its reliance on a voluntary approach will not provide the necessary impetus for real change, argues Baroness Benjamin

    "If we are serious about child obesity, then our government must lead and co-ordinate policy."

    Firstly, the National Obesity Strategy has no greater champion than me and the All Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood which I co-chair.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Feb 22, 2018
    By Katherine Sellgren BBC News family and education reporter in BBC

    Are you concerned about the impact social media and screen-use are having on young people? If so, MPs are looking to hear your thoughts.

    The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health.

    The committee says it wants to hear the views of young people themselves, as well as of teachers and youth workers.

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 21, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Government's refusal to grant a licence for the medicinal use of cannabis to 6 year old Alfie Dingley has been in the news this week. His mother says that when he was given the drug in the Netherlands, under the supervision of paediatricians there, his Epilepsy improved.

    Ed Davey called on the Government to look at the evidence and listening to those who know what they are talking about.

  • VInce Cable
    Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Vince Cable in i News

    The scales of bravado about Britain's strength in future trade negotiations fell briefly from the Prime Minister's eyes this week. I challenged her in the Commons about the Trump administration's ambition to see US companies take over profitable parts of the NHS.

    Her response was revealingly weak and non-committal. Apparently we'll have to see "what the American Administration are going to say about their requirements".

  • Article: Feb 10, 2018
    By Emily Norton in Lincolnshire Reporter

    The trust which runs hospitals in Lincolnshire filled less than two in every 10 full time equivalent (FTE) vacancies in the last four months.

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust is currently advertising 753 FTE vacancies compared with a staggering 901 in September 2017, a 16% difference.

    The biggest proportion of staffing shortages was logged in the registered nursing and midwifery field, where vacancies have in fact increased by 7%, from 295 to 317.