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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‘It’s a partnership between clinician and service user’

Liz Kendall MP and Steve Reed MP  |  6 February 2015

It is likely that people’s lives have been saved thanks to personal budgets, say Gill Ruecroft and Sarahlee Richards Anne, a mother and grandmother, had been using mental health services for over 10 years and had a history of self-harm and overdosing. In the year before she had her personal health budget, she had made …

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Tackling smoking: time to nudge, shove or push?

Onkar Sahota  |  22 January 2015

The coalition’s U-turn on plain packaging for cigarettes is welcome, but it is a cynical move at the eleventh hour by an administration that has done little to truly tackle the long-term pressures that preventable ill health places on our National Health Service. When Andy Burnham and Luciana Berger outlined Labour’s vision for public health …

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Trust is what Labour should be ‘weaponising’

Mike Katz  |  13 January 2015

Another day, another opportunity for the prime minister to single out Ed Miliband’s supposed pledge to ‘weaponise’ the NHS as an election issue. Set aside any questions of why, if the Conservatives hold the NHS so dear, David Cameron has not made the health service one of his key election campaign themes. And just forget …

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Parroting the Conservative line

Callum Munro  |  8 January 2015

With Scottish Labour’s new leadership team already beginning to set the agenda in Scottish politics, it would be easy to forget that today was only Kezia Dugdale’s second outing at first minister’s questions. The NHS is already a key dividing line in England and now it seems that Scottish Labour will also seek to make …

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