Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Tax break for employers who improve mental health

by Steve Beasant on 19 September, 2017

Liberal Democrat conference has today called for tax breaks for employers who improve mental health. Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb  We need a bold new approach to improving mental health focused on prevention, including giving discounts to business rates for companies that take concrete steps to improve well-being in the workplace. We also need a pay […]

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Hunt’s promise to recruit 5,000 GPs lies in tatters

by Steve Beasant on 22 August, 2017

This failure to recruit enough doctors will inevitably have a damaging impact on the ability of patients to access the healthcare they need. Lib Dem Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb  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 […]

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Stephen Hawking accused Jeremy Hunt of “cherry-picking evidence”. Hunt hit back at Hawking but was mocked by Twitter users. Former Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron 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 […]

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End this catastrophic approach to drugs policy

by Steve Beasant on 19 August, 2017

The Government must “get rid of the fantasy at the heart of the so-called war on drugs, which has been a stupid and catastrophic failure”, Norman Lamb argued in Parliament recently. Speaking in a debate on the government’s new drug strategy, Norman said that prohibition has been “a monumental failure of public policy”, and called for […]

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More and more patients are being forced to stay in mixed-sex wards. The Government must recommit to closing them instead of turning a blind eye. Lib Dem Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb 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 […]

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The NHS urgently needs more investment so it can meet its targets and provide the care patients deserve. Lib Dem Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb  The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England topped 4 million in June, the highest level for a decade, figures from NHS England have shown. This government’s shameful underfunding of the […]

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One elderly patient had to wait more than three years to be let out of a mental health unit after being declared ready to leave. These figures are a humanitarian disgrace. Lib Dem Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb Figures on mental health delayed discharges released today are a “humanitarian disgrace”. The shocking new figures revealed that […]

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Our mental health system isn’t fit for purpose

by Steve Beasant on 6 August, 2017

Sir James Munby’s revelations reinforce that our mental health system is in need of urgent reform and investment. Lib Dem Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb 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 […]

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) yesterday (Wednesday 20th July) published the findings of its inspection of all specialist mental health services, giving the most complete picture ever of the quality of mental health provision for people in England. Inspectors said they found too much poor care and far too much variation in both quality and access […]

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Record high levels of suicides and self-harm amongst prisoners are linked to failing mental health services in England’s prisons, a damning report by the National Audit Office has found. The number of suicides in prisons reached a record high of 120 in 2016, while the number of self-harm incidents reported in prisons also soared to a record […]

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