Results 1–20 of 139 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marie Rimmer

Food Poverty: Merseyside — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: Will the Minister give way?

Food Poverty: Merseyside — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg) on securing the debate. Food poverty is at epidemic levels across Great Britain. As my hon. Friend said, it was defined by the Department of Health as “the inability to afford, or to have access to, food to make up a healthy diet”. We...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I thank all Members from right across the House and all parties, and the Minister for his obvious commitment and desire to do things. We wish him well and look forward to the vast improvements in our prisons and in safeguarding for our prisoners, and to the fruitful lives they live in society when they leave prison healthy. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I beg to move, That this House has considered mental health in prisons. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I am pleased to have the opportunity to discuss this intolerable crisis. Suicide and self-harm in prison have reached record highs. In 2016, 119 prison suicides were recorded—the highest number since records began—and there were 41,103 incidents of...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I do, and I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. What she describes is one major component that is missing and would help to resolve the situation. People are locked up in a small cell for the vast majority of the day, subject to a poor diet and living in inhuman and dirty conditions. Those who were previously healthy often develop depression, anxiety and violent tendencies because...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I absolutely agree and will come to that point later in relation to communication. The Government’s efforts to improve the mental health of people in prison have been poorly co-ordinated. Information is not shared across the organisations involved and not even between community and prison GPs. For example, NOMS advised NHS England to commission mental health services for a male prison...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I absolutely agree. Undoubtedly, having work would keep people safer outside. It would give them a purpose and be a way of keeping them sane outside, so that they did not go through the revolving door back to prison. The Chair of the Joint Committee requested, in her letter of 30 November 2017, a response to both the interim report and the letter by 8 January. That has not happened. The...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I absolutely do. The institute of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience at King’s College London estimates that more than half of prisoners may have common mental disorders, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, and believes that 15% of prisoners have more specialist needs. Those are significant figures, but guesstimates are not good enough. The most...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: I apologise. The Government’s own prisons and probation information states: “Prisoners get the same healthcare and treatment as anyone outside of prison.” That is demonstrably not the case in our prisons at present. In reality it is clear that our prisoners are struggling with ever-increasing levels of poor mental health and are actively let down by the system. It is...

Mental Health in Prisons — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Marie Rimmer: Sadly, I accept my hon. Friend’s point. It is clear that when people who are already prisoners are acutely mentally unwell, they are being kept in situations that are doubtless of further detriment to them and brutalise them. Evidence obtained by the Joint Committee on Human Rights made clear that acutely mentally unwell people are too often “inappropriately being sent to prison...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Malnutrition: Hospital Admissions (19 Dec 2017)

Marie Rimmer: What steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of hospital admissions for malnutrition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Malnutrition: Hospital Admissions (19 Dec 2017)

Marie Rimmer: A merry Christmas to you, Mr Speaker, and to the Ministers on the Front Bench—maybe they will answer my letter soon. In the world’s sixth largest economy, it is damning that, under this Government, we have seen a 122% increase in the overall numbers admitted to hospital with malnutrition. It is clear that more action is needed to ensure that we eradicate malnutrition in our...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Given the financial incapacity problems currently affecting the NHS, is it right or fair that individual acute trust leaders should be removed from their post when surely their perceived failures are part of wider systems issues and funding pressures?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Marie Rimmer: As I listened to the Chancellor talk about driverless cars in the Budget speech last week, what struck me was how few of his measures will help the residents in St Helens, Whiston and Prescot in my constituency. He said nothing about the fact that we are facing the longest fall in our living standards on record. A reasonably waged family in my constituency with two children will be £800...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Nov 2017)

Marie Rimmer: In the past month both Adam Ellison and Tommy Grace have been fatally stabbed in Prescot in my constituency. This is part of a 20% increase in violent crime in the past year. Since 2009, Merseyside police has lost over 1,700 frontline staff, including over 1,000—more than one in five—police officers. Some £82 million has been cut, with a further £18 million by 2021-22....

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2017)

Marie Rimmer: I know that the Secretary of State will have been impressed by and enjoyed his visit to Whiston and St Helens hospitals. I am very proud of the collaboration between St Helens Council, the CCG and the hospitals, but additional resources are needed. The Secretary of State will see the good use that is made of those resources, but we cannot deliver everything that is required without that...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Marie Rimmer: rose—

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Marie Rimmer: When public services are stretched and under-resourced, and with rising demands, it is more important than ever that we have the correct processes in place. Our public services do an exemplary job, and the Bill is not about criticising them. It is about having a regulated, transparent process so that we can minimise harm to staff and the people they care for. I have been contacted by many of...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: Across the two boroughs I serve in St Helens South and Whiston there are 2,894 people living in and benefiting from supported housing. These are people and families who have fled violence in their home. There are 54 homes across the boroughs that provide support to help them build capacity to manage and enjoy family life again. These are people with several and, in some cases, severe...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Marie Rimmer: The Government ignored the decision taken during the Opposition day debate in Parliament last week. When will this Government of the fifth richest country in the developed world start to listen and learn to govern for the benefit of all people? They ignored the pleas expressed in the Westminster Hall debate on the north-west roll-out in January 2016. They ignored the warnings about...


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