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Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The Minister and I have previously discussed a case where a gentleman in my constituency with complex post-traumatic stress disorder was treated really quite poorly. One of the areas where people are really suffering is under PIP, and it is simply by design. Will she commit to looking at that? We talk about parity of esteem, but it does not exist in PIP.

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Does the Minister not recognise that, with the obsession with mobility, PIP does not recognise mental ill health? It gives far too much weight to those with a physical disability. Therefore, there simply is not parity of esteem.

Clean Growth Strategy: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: This week we noted World Mental Health Day. One of the biggest contributors to stress and mental ill health is poverty and the desperation brought about by the changes my hon. Friend is describing.

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The problem is that a job may start quite quickly. Having a ticket does not mean that someone has found a place. That is the advantage of already being in a place.

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Obviously, everyone in this room welcomes the expansion of childcare to 30 hours, but we are hearing that entitlement to that is only if someone is already working. As the hon. Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin) said, if someone is trying to get work they get caught in this trap where they cannot accept a job because they do not know whether they will be able to organise childcare. That is...

Free Childcare — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: There is no question about that. My son was in the first year of a four-year entry. The teacher noticed a difference in not having children crying and wetting themselves, totally shocked at being at school, because they had already had a gentle year in nursery. Therefore, when they started school, they went straight into learning. That is available earlier: we have it for three and...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Disability (11 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to address the unmet social care needs of working-age disabled people.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Social Services: Disability (11 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his planned consultation on social care will include working-age disabled people's social care.

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I speak as someone who has not lost a child, but I remember what happened when I was working in Lebanon and was four months pregnant with my son. We had discussed the risks of going to Lebanon when I was pregnant and we thought I would only be there a few months; even if I was here there would be nothing that could be done, so I was not adding to the risk. But when I suddenly saw blood, all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I think everyone would welcome an expansion of nurse training places, but the Council of Deans of Health stated in June that no new extra places had been funded either in universities or, crucially, in hospitals, where 50% of the course is carried out. Will the Secretary of State clarify when that funding will be made available?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Obviously we know that it takes quite some time to train a nurse, and one in 10 posts in England is vacant—that is twice the rate we face in Scotland. We also know that there is a 51% increase in nurses leaving the profession, a 96% drop in those coming from the European Union, and a limit on the use of agency staff, so where does the Secretary of State expect NHS England to find the...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The hon. Lady mentioned recruiting doctors and nurses through a technical route. Do she or the Government really propose that route into medicine, without a degree?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: It is really important that we are very careful about things that will be implanted permanently in a patient. We have had debates about mesh in this place, and we will be having debates about Essure, which is designed to obstruct the fallopian tubes and is also causing problems. Non-cemented implants are for younger people who may need another implant later on. I would be very...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: We have had many debates on the NHS in the House, and as I have said previously, the workforce is one of our biggest challenges, which is why it is so important to get this right. The debate is focused on NHS staff, but we are discussing all public sector workers. We are talking about all workers within the NHS: we must not only consider those at different grades, but not allow a separation...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I do not begrudge people in Northern Ireland the money that they have gained from that deal. All that the rest of us are asking for is to have something similar elsewhere. Nurses in Scotland, Wales and England are struggling as much as those in Northern Ireland. To be honest, it is a distraction to keep focusing on that deal. I disapprove of it, but not because people in Northern Ireland are...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: If the hon. Gentleman had been following what has been happening in Scotland over the summer, he would know that, following the debate in May, the Cabinet Secretary in Scotland had open discussions with NHS staff side. In June, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution said that our Budget at the end of this year would be looking to get rid of the pay cap. It did not just happen...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Philippa Whitford: That was exactly the point I made at the start of my speech. Although the Royal College of Nursing led the campaign and the image has been of nurses, the issue affects everyone. I echo what the hon. Member for Lincoln (Ms Lee) said—[Interruption.] Well, it was the RCN out at the front.


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