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Non-Invasive Precision Cancer Therapies (18 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I am very proud to have the Christie Hospital in my constituency of Manchester, Withington. It has a fantastic proton beam therapy unit, which is going to be the future of cancer treatment. However, when I speak to the staff at the Christie, their biggest worry is the workforce. Does he agree with me that the challenge is not just funding for treatment, but actually investing in our cancer...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have made such excellent contributions to the debate. I will mention two in particular. I was very much enjoying the speech of the hon. Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter) until he was cut off in his prime. He made some important points about commissioning. That is not something I went into in detail, but it is certainly...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered drug treatment services. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. This is a very timely debate, because today we learned shocking new figures for drug-related deaths in Scotland. There were 1,187 drug-related deaths last year, which is an increase of 27% on the previous year and the highest drug death rate in the EU. We await the...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I agree with the hon. Gentleman; not for nothing is the UK labelled the drug-death capital of Europe. That should worry us across the UK. The second theme that emerged from the reports is the real worry about the future of services after 2020 if the ring-fenced public health grant for local authorities ends and funding moves to general local authority funding. A report by the Select Committee...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I thank my right hon. Friend for making that important point. Durham constabulary’s Checkpoint scheme, through which low and medium-level offenders with drug dependency are diverted into treatment rather than the criminal justice system, has reduced arrests by 11% and convictions by 9.7%, and has made a positive contribution in relation to participants’ drug use, physical and mental...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. I absolutely agree that we need regulation and control. Personally, I am not sure about royal commissions, because they tend to kick things into the long grass a bit, but perhaps a parliamentary commission or some other way of looking at the problem, trying to come to a consensus and taking the politics out of it—stop people weaponising drugs as...

Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars and Vans: Assisted Dying (4 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I do not plan to take the full six minutes, not least because we have heard so many really eloquent and brilliant speeches today. I pay particular tribute to the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford (Nick Boles) and to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) for their incredibly moving and powerful contributions. I supported changing the law in 2015, and I would do...

Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars and Vans: Assisted Dying (4 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: People in Oregon and Washington give several reasons. In both those states, the most frequently given reason for requesting to die—by over 90% of people—is a loss of autonomy. Being less able to enjoy life is chosen by around 88%, and a loss of dignity is chosen by around 74%. It is important to tell the whole story with the statistics.

Sale of New Petrol and Diesel Cars and Vans: Assisted Dying (4 Jul 2019)

Jeff Smith: I hear what my hon. Friend says, and I accept that there is real concern, but I think we can create a legislative framework that takes account of those concerns and allows safeguards to be put in place to ameliorate those concerns. In the end, it comes down to one key question: if faced with a terminal illness and a painful end, would we want the death of our choosing for ourselves and for...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Older People (26 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mental health staff have been trained in issues relating to older adults since the 2016 Five Year Forward View targets were set.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services (26 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 12 of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that all acute hospitals will have mental health liaison teams for all age groups by 2020-21.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Nurses: Recruitment (26 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to achieve the target in the NHS Long Term Plan of recruiting 40,000 extra nurses in the next five years.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cancer: Health Services (26 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether a costed plan for a growing, appropriately-skilled and sustainable cancer workforce will be included within the final NHS People Plan.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (26 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to personal independent payment assessment reports obtained in connection with appeals, what her Department's policy is on redaction of the names of assessors.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Applications (21 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to Sopra Steria’s delivery of the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS), what assessment he has made of the (a) availability of free appointments and length of waiting times for applicants, (b) affordability of paid appointments for applicants and (c) the affordability of the pay-per-minute UKVCAS helpline.

Imprisonment for Public Protection — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (11 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: Just before my hon. Friend highlights his examples, I will raise the case of my constituent, Wayne Bell, who has had a mental health crisis and is now unable to engage with the parole process. Given that a study a few years ago showed that one in 10 IPP prisoners was seeking psychiatric help in prison, which is double the rate for the normal prison population, does my hon. Friend share my...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sex and Relationship Education: LGBT People (11 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will issue guidance on LGBT issues to schools to guarantee that all children, regardless of their religious or non-religious background, receive age-appropriate LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education when the new subject is introduced in 2020.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sex and Relationship Education: LGBT People (11 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how children who are or who may later identify as LGBT and their peers will learn about LGBT issues in a fully inclusive and tolerant manner if state-funded religious schools are permitted to omit such content from RSE.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sex and Relationship Education: LGBT People (11 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he will take to monitor whether schools are teaching fully LGBT-inclusive Relationships and Sex Education when the subject becomes compulsory in 2020.


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