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Thanks to matron Vicky Osborne and Deputy Head of Nursing Julie Lankester for showing me around Ward 17 at Glenfield Hopsital on Friday.

I also really enjoyed chatting to some of the patients of this high dependency care unit for people with breathing problems. They all told me of the excellent care they were receiving and how they hoped to be able to go home soon. 

A massive thanks goes to all NHS staff for the work you do over Christmas and New Year!!

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Liz Kendall MP supports Carers Rights Day

Today is Carers Rights Day, the annual event to raise awareness about the needs of the UK’s six and a half million unpaid carers. Share this message and make sure everyone knows the important work carers do. Visit Carers UK www.carersuk.org for information on carers rights or to get advice and support

Posted by Liz Kendall on Thursday, 29 November 2018

On 30th November, I marked Carers Rights Day. This is the annual event to raise awareness about the needs of the UK’s six and a half million unpaid carers.

I’ve been backing Carers UK’s calls for 10 days of paid leave for carers who are also holding down paid work.

Visit Carers UK for information on carers rights and to get advice and support.

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On 30th November, I spoke at the Centre for Progressive Policy’s conference about how to create a truly sustainable, high-quality health and care system.

First, we must put tackling the root causes of ill-health at the top of the agenda: poverty, inequality, poor housing and the environment. Second, there needs to be a fundamental shift in services out of hospital and into the community, so they focus on prevention and early intervention and are fully joined up with social care.

Third, the users of services and their families must be at the heart of the system, so their lived experiences of care shape everything from how policy is developed to the way care and support is delivered. Fourth, we must prioritise the physical and mental health needs of the 1.2 million staff who work in the NHS, and the similar number who work in social care. Finally, we need a long term funding settlement to secure sufficient resources for these vital services for years to come.

You can read the Centre for Progressive Policy’s study into pressures on the health and social care system here and read more about the conference here. 

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I am proud to have signed and voted for Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn’s amendment to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Function) Bill that could lead to reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion and marriage laws.

The amendment says that in the absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly (the Assembly hasn’t been sitting for 18 months) the UK Government can direct officials on the incompatibility of Human Rights Law and the continued curbs on abortion and gay marriage.

This amendment was supported by organisations including the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Marie Stopes and I am delighted it passed by 207 votes to 117. You can read more about Marie Stopes UK’s support for the amendment here.

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