Steve Beasant

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

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The General Medical Council has warned that the medical profession is at “crunch point”. Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said: “The GMC report shows there has been a vast increase in A&E attendances, while the number of doctors has barely grown. A sensible strategy of switching demand from A&E to GP surgeries can’t work […]

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An NHS England board paper has warned that a lack of funding will mean waiting times standards won’t be met next year. NHS chiefs also said that factoring in England’s growing and aging patient population, NHS revenue per person will fall by 0.4% in 2019/20. Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “This is the inevitable consequence of […]

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Report reveals patients badly failed by mishandling of data

by Steve Beasant on 29 November, 2017

The report finds NHS England has not done enough to check that all of the estimated 100,000 patients affected were not harmed. The following article was written by Layla Moran and published today on the Lib Dem Website. A report by the Public Accounts Committee has criticised NHS England for its handling of the huge loss of […]

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Extra funding in Budget less than half what NHS needs

by Steve Beasant on 22 November, 2017

This is nowhere near enough to stave off the looming disaster facing our NHS and social care services. The following article was written by Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health Judith Jolly and published today on the Liberal Democrat Website. Philip Hammond has announced just £1.6bn of NHS funding for 2018-19, less than half the £4bn that […]

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The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield today told the Health Select Committee that children she has spoken to feel they have to have attempted suicide before they can get mental health treatment. Responding, Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “Sadly, outrageous thresholds for treatment are all too common in children’s mental health services. “It’s […]

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Layla Moran to amend Finance Bill on period poverty

by Steve Beasant on 20 November, 2017

Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Layla Moran is to table amendments to the Finance Bill if the budget does not contain any measures to tackle period poverty. Layla Moran MP said: “One in ten girls can’t afford hygiene products. Girls are skipping school and missing out on their education while on their period, or using unsuitable […]

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Norman Lamb’s cross-party letter on NHS signed by 90 MPs

by Steve Beasant on 18 November, 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 […]

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The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of “kicking the can down the road,”  after it was announced a long-awaited Green Paper on tackling the social care crisis will be delayed until next Summer. Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented: “This Government is completely failing to address the social care crisis which has […]

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Commenting on reports that Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has called for the £350 million Brexit bus money, Judith Jolly, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, said: “Under this government the NHS is moving from crisis to crisis. Without an increase in funding, and proper care and attention given to the needs of staff, […]

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The Independent reports that leading charities have urged the Government to urgently address the “crisis” facing mental health services in the forthcoming Budget. In a letter shared exclusively with The Independent, mental health bodies issued an unprecedented warning to ministers that if budgets are not increased and protected, the majority of mental health sufferers will remain “locked […]

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