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  • Cannabis Drugs
    Article: Aug 23, 2017
    In BBC Newsbeat

    Vince Cable says the Liberal Democrats will keep pushing for the legalisation of cannabis.

    The party's new leader believes it makes sense to "regulate and control the market" rather than let criminals "control the mixing of substances".

    The government say it has "no plans to legalise cannabis".

    It says it remains a Class B drug "as there is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug".

  • Norman Lamb (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 22, 2017
    By Norman Lamb MP

    The Liberal Democrats have warned that the government's promise to recruit 5,000 more GPs "lies in tatters," after figures showed the number of GPs remains below that in September 2015.

    The number of full-time equivalent GPs reached 34,242 in June this year, provisional figures from NHS Digital have shown.

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Aug 19, 2017

    A renowned scientist such as Stephen Hawking questioning your evidence might normally be cause to think again, but sadly it looks as though Jeremy Hunt has joined the chorus of those who have had enough of experts.

    Hunt had cherry-picked research to justify his argument. For a scientist, cherry-picking evidence is unacceptable.

    Stephen Hawking
  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Aug 17, 2017
    By Norman Lamb MP

    The number of patients suffering the indignity of staying in mixed-sex wards soared to 908 in July 2017, more than double the number in the same month last year.

    In total over 9,000 patients were put in a mixed sex ward over the last year, up 55% from the previous year.

    The figures come after a recent official survey found NHS patients are increasingly dissatisfied with levels of privacy, dignity and well-being in hospital.

    The Liberal Democrats have called on Theresa May to recommit to ending mixed-sex hospital wards, after the Conservative Party's longstanding pledge to end the practice was dropped from its 2017 Manifesto.

    Under Theresa May's watch, we've seen a scandalous rise in the number of patients being forced to stay in mixed-sex wards.

    Men and women shouldn't have to share hospital wards, it's an affront to basic human dignity.

    It's time to end the the continued underfunding of the NHS and care that is putting intolerable pressure on services and leading to these sorts of failures.

    The Conservatives once pledged to end mixed-sex wards, now it seems they've given up.

  • Pills / Drugs / Tablets (By Victor on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/v1ctor/7035932329)
    Article: Aug 5, 2017
    By Lizzie Dearden Home Affairs Correspondent in The Independent

    Campaigners condemn Government for ignoring advisory body's advice on how to protect vulnerable users

    The Government must "accept responsibility" for rising drug deaths, campaigners have said, as it emerged more people are now being killed by both legal and illegal substances than ever before.

    A total of 3,744 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that showed opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and substances formally known as "legal highs" were causing increasing numbers of deaths.

  • Cannabis Drugs
    Article: Aug 4, 2017
    By Josh May in Politics Home

    The Liberal Democrats have branded the Government's efforts to stem the drug trade an "abject failure" after a record number of people died from substance abuse last year.

    There were 3,744 deaths from drugs poisoning registered in 2016, 70 more than the previous year and the highest number since comparable records began in 1993.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Aug 3, 2017

    As a health minister, I was proud to make sure mental health was at the top of the political agenda, but today's judgement by Sir James Munby highlights how much work there is still to do on the lack of mental health provision in critical cases.

    Sir James Munby is absolutely right to highlight the shameful inadequacies of our mental health system.

  • A hand holding a pill labelled PrEP - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV / AIDS
    Article: Aug 3, 2017

    Thousands of people will breathe a sigh of relief that a start date for this important trial has finally been announced.

    The Government and NHS England must now make sure that all those in high-risk groups can access PrEP as quickly as possible.

    PrEP epitomises the well-known maxim that prevention is better than cure, and has been proven to be highly effective in dramatically reducing the risk of HIV infection.

  • dementia tax
    Article: Jul 11, 2017
    By Ruth Brght in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Dementia has been a big part of my life. Over the years I have worked with people with dementia in some of our most deprived communities in south London - Brixton, Elephant and Castle, Peckham, Old Kent Road and the surrounding (often high-rise) estates.

    I have therefore felt very torn by the party's recent headlong charge for the populist line on the "dementia tax". As a (naturally pretty tribal) Lib Dem of three decades standing I recognised a fantastic campaigning issue that might help claw back a few coastal "retirement" seats. However, I also knew that the inaccurate use of the term dementia tax (it is neither a tax nor is it about dementia) causes pain to many for whom this is not just a line in a press release but something real and near at hand. People with dementia have a cognitive impairment but they are not stupid; they can and do take in political messages. Politicians need to think of the deep distress their negative campaigning can cause to many of our 850,000 fellow citizens who are living with this disease.

  • Norman Lamb
    Article: Jul 3, 2017

    Commenting, Lib Dem health spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

    "These figures are extremely concerning. For the first time we have more nurses and midwives leaving the profession than joining it, with a sharp rise in U.K. nurses and midwives deciding to leave the country and practice overseas.