Results 161–180 of 936 for speaker:Rupa Huq

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS: Staff Morale (22 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: What recent assessment he has made of staff morale in the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS: Staff Morale (22 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: On top of the junior doctors debacle, the staff survey shows that midwives are stressed, with 90% of them working extra shifts unnecessarily. I have raised before the case of the radiographer Sharmila Chowdhury, who was sacked for exposing bribes at Ealing hospital, but is yet to get a practical response, other than the words, “Francis review”, which is yet to be implemented. When will...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: Does my hon. Friend not agree with the words of the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) that this Chancellor’s policies are “in danger of drifting in a direction that divides society rather than unites it”? Was the right hon. Gentleman not right when he said that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: Not only has my constituent Susan Sutovic suffered the death of her son, but the unexplained circumstances of his death have led to a 12-year battle with the authorities in Belgrade, where this happened in 2004. The UK coroner has now ruled that the death was murder. Will the Prime Minister or Foreign Secretary meet the family and do what can be done to get a proper investigation, to resolve...

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: New Clause 19 — Vocational qualifications (23 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I rise to support new clauses 26 and 32. Paradoxically, I agree with most of what has been said today, because I do think that it is possible to be pro-infrastructure investment, pro-progress and pro-brand new trains. I am pro the concept of high-speed rail, but I am not pro-HS2 Ltd and the, as the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) said, the rather cavalier way it...

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: New Clause 19 — Vocational qualifications (23 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend puts it very well. He anticipates my new clause 32, which is about the fairness of the rural support zone. I know the constituency of the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs Gillan) well, because she and I were on the same ballot paper in 2005. She represents a rural constituency, but the urban and suburban constituencies, such as mine and that of my hon. Friend...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I beg to move, That this House has considered the NHS in London. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this debate, and I thank the London Members from three different parties who supported my application. Our consideration today of the NHS in London is timely because there are reorganisations—or reconfigurations, as they are called—going on all over the city. I will...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: rose—

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point that I believe deserved to be made at length. She anticipates a point I will come on to about to the business case and the capacity problem. There is a problem with the way these things are organised. The north-west London area does not include West Middlesex hospital, which she mentioned, but that is more proximate to some parts of my constituency than...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend puts it very well. Ealing has also been hit by the closure. I have no hospitals within my constituency boundary, but Central Middlesex was one of the nearest. It was performing well and had had lots of investment—it was a brand new shiny thing. I used to be a hospital radio DJ there in the ’80s. We were not allowed to play certain songs, including “My Way” by Frank...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: Yes, I certainly do. I do not know the St Helier hospital well, but I believe it is renowned as a teaching hospital. The business plans must account for such things; there is often too much short-termism. The implementation of the closures listed is well under way. The A&E departments at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith shut their doors in September 2014, despite assurances from the...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: May I just finish this sentence? The partial sentence might not make as much sense as if I am allowed to complete it. In six out of the 15 weeks that immediately followed the closure, Northwick Park had the worst record in the country. There were anecdotal stories of ambulances backing up at that hospital.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: There is a target of 95% of patients being seen within four hours. Immediately following the closure, at that hospital the proportion was 53%. We should not just brush that away.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I have already given way to the hon. Gentleman once. I want to finish because a lot of Members want to speak, so I shall crack on for the moment. We should not just brush these things under the carpet and say that they did not happen. The Independent Healthcare Commission for North West London was set up because of the public distrust of the “Shaping a Healthier Future” programme, known...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: Who is first? I give way to my hon. Friend; there are two of her.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I thank my hon. Friend for that excellent intervention, which is very pertinent to where she is going after this debate. As a mother who has been through these services, I know that it is massively disrupting if the goalposts are suddenly moved, causing people to travel for longer to get to their appointments. The closure of Ealing hospital’s maternity unit was called a consolidation. It...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I thought interventions were not allowed to be lengthy.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend puts it excellently. I have some figures that illustrate the adverse consequences. Ealing mums were promised access to 24/7 consultant cover—168 hours per week—for a better, safer service. That has not materialised. Eight months after the closure, the only hospital to come close to that figure is West Middlesex, in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Brentford...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point, and I would include community pharmacies among those community services. There is a lot of worry among pharmacists in my constituency.

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — NHS in London (24 Mar 2016)

Rupa Huq: I completely agree with the right hon. Gentleman.


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