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Contributions in the Commons since Christmas


Via Hansard by MP, my contributions since Christmas in the Commons chamber over a range of subjects: 13 January 2015 Charter for Budget Responsibility Grammar School Funding [Westminster Hall] Topical Questions (Health – urgent care) 12 January 2015 Topical Questions (Defence – nuclear deterrent) 5 January 2015 Regionalising Police Forces Contributions in the Treasury Select Committee are available separately. On health, a helpful direction of travel is emerging which I indicated in my topical question: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): As it […]

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I am contacted often about local health services.  Almost everyone thinks that Wycombe Hospital should be at the centre of our local health provision and should be used to the maximum benefit. Rightly or wrongly, they have reassurance from healthcare being delivered in a hospital setting: they have an expectation their health needs can be met there.  They want an easy to understand system of receiving care, as local to home as possible. Given that the PFI at Wycombe Hospital will be […]

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Healthwatch England investigate third-party complaints


Healthwatch England recently investigated healthcare providers across England to discover if they accepted complaints raised by people wishing to report incidents of poor care relating to others. Worryingly, 46 out of the 123 trusts that responded to the Freedom of Information request responded ‘no’ when asked whether or not they formally record complaints made by third parties or so called ‘citizen whistleblowers’. In addition, when asked about policies they had in place, Healthwatch received a variety of responses including: Many stating incorrectly that […]

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It’s time to improve the health and social care complaints system – Healthwatch shows how


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Healthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. They have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services. These powers include the right to enter and view health providers, for which I have had the training through Healthwatch Bucks. Nationally, Healthwatch has prioritised health and social care complaints: The health and social care complaints system doesn’t work because it was never […]

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Power to the People: healthy collectivism through member-owned mutuals


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I began Conservative conference last Monday with a discussion hosted by ResPublica about empowering patients. The background was the report Power to the People – the mutual future of our National Health Service (PDF) produced for health mutual benenden. The report deals with the underlying reasons why the NHS is struggling to cope despite this Government protecting overall health spending and our Party pledging to protect it once again.  Take a look at the Budget Red Book 2014 and you will see (page 61) that the health […]

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