Author Archives: Ex-staff

Making Kadcyla available on the NHS


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On 26th January 2017, I attended a back bench business debate in Parliament about the provisional decision not to provide the breast cancer drug Kadcyla for use in the NHS. The debate called for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and pharmaceutical company Roche to re-assess the decision and ensure Kadcyla is kept available for patients. I spoke briefly to represent patients in Wycombe: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mitcham and Morden (Siobhain McDonagh) on securing […]

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Parliamentary question about Business Rates retention


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On 16th January 2017, I raised the important issue of business rates with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government during Communities and Local Government questions in the Chamber: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): What progress he has made on enabling local authorities to retain 100% of business rates.   The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Sajid Javid): Councils have long campaigned for 100% business rate retention. Last week, we introduced the Local Government Finance Bill, which […]

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Written Question about First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings


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My casework team and I experience the continual frustration of constituents awaiting a hearing at a First-Tier (Immigration and Asylum) Tribunal. We know waiting for a hearing date causes considerable extra distress in what is an already stressful situation. Of course, to be fair to everyone, MPs cannot expedite particular cases on demand. So, I submitted a parliamentary written question to the Ministry of Justice asking what steps Ministers are taking to reduce delays in securing dates for First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) Hearings. The Parliamentary […]

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Community Pharmacies: Letter from Minister


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I have now received a letter from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health, David Mowat MP about the future of community pharmacy. I had attended the Minister’s statement in the Houses of Parliament on 20th October but I had also written to the Minister about this issue. There had been considerable local interest in the issue, especially in Downley, Lane End and Marlow Bottom. The Minister has said that from 1st December, the Government will Simplify the outdated […]

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Securing trade deals which reduce anti-competitive market distortions.


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During Treasury Questions on Tuesday 25th October, I tortured the rules of the House to remain in order as I asked the Chief Secretary to the Treasury the following question: Steve Baker: Will the Right Honourable Gentleman agree with me that reducing the anti-competitive market distortions is both a fiscal way to promote manufacturing and insure our country is best placed for new trade deals The David Gauke replied I do agree that removing distortions in the economy results in a more efficient […]

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The Future of Community Pharmacies


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On 20 October, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Health, David Mowat MP, made a statement about the future of community pharmacy.  There was considerable local interest in the issue, especially in Downley, Lane End and Marlow Bottom, so I am delighted that the Government will introduce a Pharmacy Access Scheme in areas where there are fewer pharmacies and higher health needs. The Marlow Bottom Pharmacy, the Lane End Pharmacy, the Downley Pharmacy, Lansdales Pharmacy at Penn Surgery, the Tesco […]

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Drug Licensing


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Constituents have expressed concern about the availability of Everolimus for subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) associated with tuberous sclerosis complex. NHS England have decided not to consider this treatment for routine commissioning this year. The overall budget for specialised services in England is considerable, at around £15.7 billion per year. NHS England has to make difficult decisions about how to prioritise available funding. To ensure that investment decisions get the best possible patient outcomes, NHS England has established an annual prioritisation process led […]

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Green Belt Development can only be proposed under the most exceptional circumstances


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In Wycombe, we all care passionately about the development of our town and the maintenance of the local green belt. Many constituents have sent emails raising concerns about Wycombe District Council’s local plan and the future of our protected green spaces. On Monday 10th October, I raised the issue about the preservation of green-belt land during the debate about the Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Before my right hon. Friend moves on, may I ask whether he will use this Bill to […]

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A new digital economy


I appreciate how important broadband is to residents and businesses in Wycombe. Fast, reliable broadband is now seen as the norm in an advanced economy, not a luxury. It underpins economic growth and allows us to function in a digital age. Over 90 per cent of UK premises are now able to connect to superfast broadband, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of next year. This means that the UK has the highest superfast broadband […]

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Changes to Carotid Endarterectomy Surgery


I am proud that Wycombe Hospital continues to be a specialist centre for two of the biggest killers – heart attack and stroke – and that there has been recent investment in these services. From 1st September 2016, carotid endarterectomy  surgery moved from Wycombe Hospital to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Some campaigners have opposed the change. It has been done to ensure patients have the best possible clinical outcomes. A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to unblock a carotid artery, which, […]

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