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The National Health Service

Part of Speaker’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 6:33 pm on 23rd October 2019.

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Photo of Tonia Antoniazzi Tonia Antoniazzi Labour, Gower 6:33 pm, 23rd October 2019

It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend Matt Rodda. I have listened to much of the debate, and it is clear that the NHS is a treasured institution under threat from a hard Tory Brexit, and that having a Labour Government is the only way to secure its future and keep it wholly in public hands.

Today I want to speak about a specific issue that I have been involved with since I was elected in 2017, when I was approached by families in my constituency about getting access to medical cannabis—a medicine that could change the lives of children living with intractable epilepsy. I really could not understand what the problem was until I spoke to my late friend Paul Flynn, who had done a lot of work on this issue, and he explained how it has been an uphill struggle.