Results 1–20 of 721 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Philippa Whitford

Health and Social Care: NHS Workforce (19 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: In 2015, the Secretary of State suggested that junior doctor rotas contributed to avoidable hospital deaths, but research shows that the most important factor is the number of patients under the care of each registered nurse. A 7% increase in mortality for every patient means that 36,000 nursing vacancies in England pose a real threat to patient safety. So with no announcement, and a 33%...

Health and Social Care: NHS Workforce (19 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: rose—

Health and Social Care: NHS Workforce (19 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: As the Minister heard, the Scottish Government have just passed a law on staffing. With an ageing population, social care is critical to the function of the NHS, but the charity Independent Age says that we will be short of 700,000 care workers by 2037. With no extra funding for social care announced yesterday, how will the Secretary of State make caring a real profession? Would not it be...

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: I echo the comments made about the approach of the NHS’s 70-year anniversary across the four countries of the UK, having myself spent a fair chunk of those 70 years—perhaps slightly longer than I care to admit—working in the NHS. Like most people present, I imagine, I absolutely welcome the additional funding, which has been described as bringing the UK to the same level of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: It happened at every stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill: on Second Reading we were promised that amendments would be tabled in Committee; then the Secretary of State promised us that amendments would be tabled on Report; then, on Third Reading, we were promised that after the Bill went to the Lords—where not only Scotland’s main party, the SNP, but all Scottish MPs have no...

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. We were told on Report and Third Reading that the Bill was going to the Lords, where there would be amendments, and that when it came back, because the Secretary of State for Scotland had not tabled his amendments, we would have time to debate it in detail. There was 19 minutes, all of which was used up by the Minister for the Cabinet Office. That is...

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Does the Minister accept, though, that the people who are likely to continue to spread the condition are those who are less ill? The old concoctions tend not to be so effective or well tolerated. That is a big difference from the new antivirals, which are very effective and very well tolerated. It strikes me that in England, we may be letting more people become more ill before they qualify...

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Will the Minister give way one last time?

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Obviously, this debate has emphasised the importance of diagnosing people and getting people to undergo testing. However, does the Minister see that it is much easier to encourage people to undergo a test when they can be promised that they will get effective, tolerable treatment that will be successful, as opposed to their perhaps being left languishing on what is now relatively...

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. Hepatitis C was identified about 25 years ago. When I was a young doctor, it was simply known as non-A, non-B hepatitis, because no one had any idea what it was. As the hon. Member for Southend West (Sir David Amess) said, we are talking about something that many people simply do not know they have. That is a key, underlying...

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. As NHS Scotland is still a single public body, we do not have the issue around commissioning. We are also trying to take a much more health-based approach to addiction. As happens in England as well, we have multiple needle exchange programmes. This place has held us back from trying to introduce safe injection in Glasgow, which has one of our...

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: The hon. Gentleman talks about all of those people who have hepatitis C who have been diagnosed and treated, but my understanding is that these new antivirals are given to those with the most severe disease and have cirrhosis, rather than to everyone who is diagnosed with hepatitis C on a preventive basis. Can he clarify that?

Hepatitis C — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: I am not sure whether the hon. Gentleman is aware that there is a cap on the number of patients who are allowed to receive drugs such as sofosbuvir; certainly, hepatologists I have met in recent years report having to ration it to the most severe cases. The limit was set at about 10,000 patients a year. This year, it has been increased to 15,000, but that is not a target; it is a cap. It...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Bills (12 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Some 169 households in my constituency have been affected by the mis-selling of insulation and solar panels by HELMS. This company was accredited by the Government under the old green deal scheme, so what will the Government do to compensate these people—often vulnerable pensioners—and how will they prevent such mis-selling from happening under the new green deal scheme?

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As has been mentioned, it is six months since the Government agreed to change the position of people suffering from mental health issues not being awarded mobility support. I too have several veterans suffering from PTSD, including one particularly tragic case of a young man who was involved in two explosions on his patrol, where he was covered in blood, diesel and body...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (4 Jun 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Several Members have raised the fact that more than 1,500 doctors have been turned away in the past five months because of the tier 2 visa cap being reached. That crude approach, in which points are now gained only with a qualifying salary of £60,000 instead of £30,000, means that many areas of the UK and almost all public services are excluded; a doctor’s salary cannot simply...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: PIP Assessors: Mental Health Awareness (21 May 2018)

Philippa Whitford: The Secretary of State accepted that there was a failure of assessment of people with mental health conditions and said that this would be remedied, but we have been told by our job centre that guidance has not changed, and a young man who is suffering from appalling post-traumatic stress disorder in my constituency is still being treated as if he does not qualify. When will guidance actually...

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse: Health Priorities (17 May 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Although the Government say that victims of domestic abuse can apply for split payment of universal credit, a survey by Women’s Aid shows that 85% of survivors say they would not dare apply as an exceptional measure, as it would attract further abuse. Is the Minister for Women and Equalities willing to meet me to discuss the importance of delivering split payments as the default to...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Philippa Whitford: It is not just a question of infrastructure at the Irish border as if there were just one checkpoint. There are more than 270 crossings. During the troubles many of them were blocked by boulders, and people had to make detours of 20 or 30 miles. We cannot send the people who live near the border in Northern Ireland back to that situation.

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Philippa Whitford: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

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