Results 1–20 of 123 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ruth George

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: I thank all Members who have spoken from both sides of the House for the constructive way in which they have approached the debate and some of the constructive proposals that have been put forward. To the Minister, I say I am keen to look at the 111 service and how we can reduce those 1.3 million calls that come from 111 into the 999 service. I think that would be viewed as very helpful...

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: I beg to move, That this House has considered the performance of East Midlands ambulance service. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. The ambulance service is the glue that holds our health service together, and it does an incredible job. I have heard some harrowing examples in recent weeks of ambulance waits, but I want to start by putting that into context. Last...

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: To be honest, when I was at East Midlands ambulance HQ, the waiting time at Lincoln hospital was seven hours for patient handover. Unfortunately, in those situations ambulances are diverted to where patients who need help urgently can get the care they need. Part of the problem is the handover times, particularly at Lincoln. The longest 10% of urgent responses took more than 82 minutes, which...

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: I would certainly concur with that statement. It is one of many areas in which the lack of services at an urgent level is creating an increased demand—but in no way has East Midlands ambulance service’s funding increased to cover that level of demand, as we will see later. Part of the increase is due to the 111 service. We saw the chaos that 111 created when the coalition...

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: We can always seek to manage resources better, but East Midlands ambulance service has been seeking to manage resources for a very long time, working with Unison and the unions there.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: Walk-in centres were established by the last Labour Government to reduce the demand on the ambulance services and to give people the services that they actually needed on their doorstep. Every cut of every walk-in centre is hugely worrying, both for patients and the ambulance service.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: The fact is that walk-in centres are open late in the evenings and at weekends, and in most GP practices it is not possible to get an urgent appointment without phoning at 8 am exactly. In my constituency, people have to wait at least two weeks to get an appointment.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: That illustrates the point completely. We have seen a lack of primary care services, and doctors’ appointments are far harder to get than the 48 hours it took under a Labour Government. In consequence, we have a hugely overburdened ambulance service. Now we come to funding. East Midlands ambulance service is already one of the most efficient in all the regions. In spite of the...

East Midlands Ambulance Service (21 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: It might not be a resource problem at EMAS, although EMAS has been trying to fix that with staff put on especially to try to reduce the handover times at hospitals. A&E departments are struggling at absolute capacity. My local hospital had 97 A&E patients in need of a bed last weekend, and they had seven beds. The fact that the number of beds in the NHS has been reduced by 14,000...

Taylor Review (7 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: While I am sure that millions of low-paid workers will welcome the fact that the Government are going to issue four consultations, they may well be more concerned that the Government’s own impact assessment on our leaving the European Union included the assumption that employment rights would be deregulated. Will the Minister tell the House which employment rights were included in the...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: Does my hon. Friend agree that the example in the consultation document of a parent gaining free school meal eligibility is misleading? When they transfer from tax credits to universal credit, they will lose £1,600 a year. Those are not the children who should not be getting free school meals.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), who has done great work on child poverty and school meals. I am proud to be standing here on the anniversary of women’s suffrage. This debate is on exactly the sort of issue that women were given the vote for and to stand in Parliament to speak on. The issue hits children most of all, but women...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: The vast majority of parents moving from tax credits on to—

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Ruth George: Bearing in mind the Secretary of State’s call for clear statistics, will she welcome today’s Library paper, which clarifies that 113,000 children will cease to receive free school meals under the proposed changes to universal credit, withdraw the claim that 50,000 more children will benefit at one point in time and bring that to the attention of the House?

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Ruth George: Does my hon. Friend agree that outsourcing decisions waste money and are against the interest of claimants? Discrepancies between Capita, which sees 59% of claimants at home for a home assessment, and Atos, which does the vast majority of PIP assessments but sees only 16% of claimants at home, expose the divisions in the private sector and show why the assessments should be brought back...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Ruth George: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that in the impact assessment from May 2012 for the introduction of personal independence payments under the coalition Government, the objectives were to ensure that expenditure was sustainable and to save £2.24 billion a year by reducing claimants by 500,000 a year?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schoolchildren with Autism (29 Jan 2018)

Ruth George: My county of Derbyshire is about to cut almost £3 million from children’s services, including almost £400,000 from special needs and disability services to support children. Schools are already struggling, so how on earth will these cuts help, and how will the Government ensure that support for special needs children is improved?


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