Born too soon

Catriona Ogilvy  |  17 November 2015

Fifteen million babies are born prematurely every year around the world. Eight thousand of those babies are born here in the United Kingdom, all requiring specialist NHS care. The world of the neonatal intensive care unit is often hidden behind closed doors, where fragile new lives are housed in incubators and where parents anxiously wait. …

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The bedrock of social justice

Jacqui Smith  |  29 October 2015

Labour rejected the fatalistic assumption that public services could never really deliver higher standards or fairer access, reflects Jacqui Smith Before my election to parliament in 1997, I was a teacher in Tory Worcestershire. My classroom was in a portakabin and a bucket to catch the drips coming through the roof was an important teaching resource. …

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The problem with Jeremy …

Maeve McCormack  |  16 October 2015

The problem with Jeremy is that he is basically alienating people who should be the party’s natural constituents through poor decision-making and ill-thought-through policy. No, not that Jeremy – I’m talking about the health secretary, who in a matter of weeks has somehow managed to convince doctors to go on protest marches and threaten strike …

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Deeds, not words

Ruth Cadbury MP  |  15 October 2015

With the appointment of Luciana Berger as shadow minister for mental health, the Labour party is at the forefront of holding this government to account on mental health services provision in England and Wales. On Tuesday, I challenged the minister for community and social care, Alistair Burt, on mental health services for children and young …

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The politics of motherhood

Cathy Warwick  |  28 September 2015

The portrayal of midwives often suggests that all midwives do is deliver babies, and often the entire focus of maternity services policy seems to be on the time of birth and the need to ensure that at this point we keep mothers and their babies physically safe. This is, of course, of critical importance, but …

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Leading on mental health

Caroline Penn  |  27 September 2015

It is an often-quoted fact that one in four of us will experience mental health problems in one year. It could be you, a family member or a friend. Yet many of us are still reluctant to talk about mental health problems due to stigma and discrimination. We should be under no illusions of the …

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Kendall’s revolutionary vision

Tom Levitt  |  3 August 2015

Liz Kendall’s leadership candidacy has broadened Labour’s agenda while focusing on the absolute need to win elections, which we can only do on a programme that includes all significant sectors of the population. She shows admirable courage in tackling difficult issues and has caused me to reconsider my own knee-jerk responses to government policies in …

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An NHS with the time to care

Lucy Rigby  |  31 March 2015

A better plan for a better future – Five parliamentary candidates present Labour’s five pledges to Britain 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs. We will join up services from home to hospital, guaranteeing GP appointments within 48 hours and cancer tests within one week People in Lincoln see our local NHS services are extremely strained – GP …

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Changing the way we do politics forever

Jamie Reed MP  |  13 March 2015

Faster than a speeding bullet… Like you, I grow tired of the routine comparisons made between Superman and me. I have rarely worn my underwear over my trousers and I have never been to Kansas. Moreover, if you have ever stepped foot in a London phone box, you will understand that it is usually a …

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No ‘one size fits all’ for London GPs from Whitehall

Onkar Sahota  |  5 March 2015

General practice is the core of the National Health Service and holds it together. As much as 90 per cent of all the consultations in the NHS are through GPs – our family doctors that we know and trust. Yet in London we are seeing cracks and fractures, which, if left unattended, could have disastrous …

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