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[04/04/2018 | No comment]

I have written to the Health Secretary on behalf of local constituents who raised concerns with me about vaginal mesh implants. Thousands of women across the country are dealing with complications after receiving mesh implants, which can include painful and damaging reactions. I have asked the Health Secretary to explain why the use of vaginal mesh implants has not been suspended while a review takes place, and why the Government has failed to launch a public inquiry into their use. Read more about the Sling the Mesh campaign here.

[03/04/2018 | No comment]

I have signed a pledge calling on landlords and housing associations in Leicester not to evict their tenants due to rent arrears when they move onto Universal Credit. Please join me in supporting this important pledge here.

[27/03/2018 | No comment]

A cross party group of 98 MPs has supported a letter I wrote with Sarah Wollaston and Norman Lamb that calls on the Prime Minister to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care.

Time and time again we’ve seen how any Party that comes up with a substantial proposal for funding social care risks being obliterated by their political opponents. But in the end the only people who really suffer are older and disabled people and their families.

The Prime Minister should seize this opportunity and set up an independent, cross-party Commission to examine this issue and break the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources for health and social care.

[20/03/2018 | No comment]

 

I was delighted to speak in the debate on a public petition calling for the drug Orkambi to be made available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis. You can watch ITV Central’s coverage of my comments here.

Orkambi is a life-changing drug that tackles the root causes of Cystic Fibrosis and is available across Europe. However, it has not been made available on the NHS in England due to its cost. 118 of my constituents signed a petition that called for a debate on why it is not available on the NHS, and I was proud to represent them in Parliament

I believe the NHS and the drug company behind Orkambi must get together to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We must also make sure there are proper processes in place so that new drugs are agreed for use by the NHS as quickly as possible.

You can read the full debate here, read the petition here, and read information from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust on Orkambi here.

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