[14/06/2018 | No comment]

We all have a responsibility to protect our young people by making the online world as safe as possible, including digital companies. As a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, which is undertaking an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health, I know there are positives about social media use but also real risks. That’s why I welcome the Telegraph’s campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing young people through the increasing use of social media. 

Read the Telegraph article on its campaign here and read more about the Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry here.

[07/06/2018 | No comment]

I contributed to a report by Global Future that highlighted how much our NHS depends on overseas staff, with 45% of doctors in some specialities coming from outside the UK. The NHS is suffering severe staff shortages but health professionals from outside the EU are having their visas turned down and many European staff are leaving. The Government must take urgent measures to stop this drain of NHS staff and ensure skilled NHS workers are welcomed.

You can read my Huffington Post article on the report here, and the full report here.

[07/06/2018 | No comment]

On 27th May I wrote a joint article in the Observer with MPs Norman Lamb and Sarah Wollaston, which called on the Government to accept the findings of new research and spend significantly more on the NHS and social care. The study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation found spending on the NHS needs to grow by 4% a year if services are going to improve, and social care needs a 3.9% annual rise just to meet demographic pressures.

You can read the full report here and our article in the Observer here.

[22/05/2018 | No comment]

On 16th May I was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News, discussing – amongst other things – Brexit and what we need to do to get the best deal for jobs and businesses, and how to avoid a hard border in Ireland. You can listen to my interview on the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Anna Foster show here.

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