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  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Jun 21, 2018
    By Christine Jardine MP in The Independent

    The doctors could not then, and cannot even now, offer an explanation as to what caused me to have a major grand mal seizure in my sleep. For many years, I was afraid to sleep alone if my husband was away in case I had an attack and there was nobody there.

    There have been times this past week when the emotional arguments surrounding the medicinal cannabis debate have threatened to overwhelm me.

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Jun 17, 2018
    By Christine Jardine MP

    The Home Secretary should make medicinal cannabis available to all who need it, says Christine Jardine, after Sajid Javid granted an emergency licence for Billy Caldwell to be treated with the drug. His supply had been confiscated by customs earlier this week.

    Christine is supporting her constituentKaren Gray, whose son Murray has Epilepsy and needs the drug to control his seizures:

  • NHS logo
    Article: May 15, 2018

    We will end the historic injustice in mental health by investing £1bn in 12 priority areas.

    As a leading liberal democracy, Britain's mental health services should be the envy of the world. The Lib Dems are committed to making this vision a reality.

    Today, we are proud to announce that we will spend £1 billion on 12 key priorities in mental health.

    These include improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS, providing support for pregnant women and trebling the number of people accessing psychological therapies.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: May 10, 2018
    By The Voice in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Today a Commons report highlights how much the adult social care sector is underfunded.

    Layla Moran said that this had to change:

    Care workers work tirelessly but instead of getting the support they need they face low pay, falling morale and a high turnover of staff.

    The country is in desperate need for a long-term plan to fund the increasing demand for care. That is why the Liberal Democrats propose putting a penny on income tax to raise the transformational investment needed to support care workers and protect the future of care services.

  • 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.