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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (14 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: What assessment he has made of the progress of the infected blood inquiry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (14 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: Last month, the chair of the inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, said that many victims of the infected blood scandal are still living on the breadline today. The inquiry is not due to look at financial support until 2020, so what more now can the Government do to help the people affected?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (5 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: When I was a local authority executive member back in 2012, we were often warned about the “graph of doom”, which showed that by about 2018 local authorities would be running out of money for everything but statutory services. At the time, the Government accused the Local Government Association and the National Audit Office of scaremongering, but given what has happened in...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Academic Health Science Networks: Hospitals (5 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled, Understanding the performance and potential of specialist hospitals, published by the Innovation Agency and UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership in October 2018 , whether he has plans to encourage a closer working relationship between academic health science networks and specialist...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services (5 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people accessed eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy on the NHS in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services (5 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what training his Department provides to NHS doctors on (a) eye movement desensitisation and (b) reprocessing treatment for cases of post traumatic stress disorder.

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered the five-year forward view for mental health. It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. The key purpose of the debate is to represent the recent report of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health, of which I am vice-chair. We published “Progress of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I very much agree with the hon. Gentleman. Although I will never say that increased spending on mental health is not good, the announcement in yesterday’s Budget of extra funding for mental health teams in A&Es points to a problem because we should not have to increase spending on A&Es. We should try to cut the number of people who have to go to A&Es at an earlier stage, and...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Child, adolescent and early adult mental health is a big and growing problem. The five year forward view recognised creating treatment pathways for people with bipolar disorder, adult eating disorders and personality disorders, but halfway through the plan, the inquiry found that those are still to be published. It is vital that NHS England implement in...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman has great experience and knowledge of those issues and makes an important point. He has anticipated some of the comments I will make and I strongly agree with him.

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: That is an excellent point; some training packages are available for MPs’ staff. I encourage all colleagues to take advantage of that. The vast majority of people severely affected by mental illness will receive support within a community mental health team, which is the type of core service that provides help to around 700,000 people in England, often with quite complex needs. Although...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: Again, that is an excellent point and I strongly agree. The report makes it clear that core services are underfunded and under pressure. There has been great success in getting people better access to psychological therapy, but while IAPT is an excellent service it is not designed for people with severe mental illness. Core services are too overstretched to provide timely talking therapies to...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes another excellent point. Health Education England’s plan commits to 19,000 more people working in mental health by 2021, but between March 2017 and March 2018 the number of mental health staff in the NHS increased by just 915 people. That does not look like progress is on target. One in 10 consultant psychiatrist posts is empty and between April 2010 and 2018...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I am probably not going to take any more interventions because I want to give the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health time to make remarks and to hear from the Minister. I will rattle through the rest of my comments. The report suggests that the peer workforce, where people with their own personal experience of mental illness...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I am sure that most of us will have viewed the outcome of the Brazilian presidential election with some alarm in terms of the implications for human rights and the rule of law. How are the Government going to approach their future relationship with the Bolsonaro Administration?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (29 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report published by the Trussell Trust on 5 October 2018 entitled The next stages of Universal Credit, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people switching to universal credit do not fall into food poverty.


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