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[04/11/2020 | No comment]

Today, I called on the Government to protect the healthcare rights of patients travelling in the EU after Brexit. Without these vital protections, people who are on holiday or are visiting an EU member state for business will no longer be able to access free healthcare and will have to buy health insurance to make sure they are covered.

This could leave many people unable to travel, as they are excluded from getting insurance because of an underlying health condition. For example, Kidney Care UK say that 30,000 people on dialysis can currently travel throughout Europe and receive their dialysis free of charge – but this treatment isn’t covered by travel insurance, and without reciprocal healthcare agreements, will cost up to £1,000 per week.

The Prime Minister spent the last general election saying he had an ‘oven ready deal’. But on healthcare arrangements, as in so many other areas, that deal is so far nowhere to be seen.

Holiday makers, business people, patient groups, health care professionals and NHS organisations urgently need clarity. The Government must deliver. You can read my full speech about this here or you can listen here.

[04/03/2020 | No comment]

Last year, the Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised a plan to fix the crisis in social care. So far he has done nothing – and his plan for a new immigration system could make things much worse.

According to a report by Skills for Care, we need an extra 580,000 care workers – not to improve services but just to fill existing vacancies and meet the basics of growing demand. Boris Johnson’s new points-based immigration system will exclude EU workers, and make it even harder to find the extra staff we need.

That’s why I am calling on the Prime Minister to meet with me to discuss a special migration route into social care, and avoid the current crisis getting even worse. 

[29/10/2019 | No comment]

 

Johnson’s deal won’t sort Brexit and neither will an election. The only way to do that is to be honest about the real choices we face and give the public the final say. Watch a clip from my interview on Sky News where I talk about this above.

[23/10/2019 | No comment]

Yesterday I spoke in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill. I set out why Boris Johnson’s deal won’t sort out or end Brexit, or deliver on the promises made during the referendum.

I voted against the Bill at second reading and against the timetable the Government had set to debate the Bill, which was far too short at barely three days. The Government lost the vote on the timetable and has now paused the Bill’s progress, delaying Brexit when the Prime Minister said he wanted to get it done.

You can watch my full speech here or you can read it here.

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