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  • Surgeons operating in theatre.
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    NHS A&E waiting times have hit the worst levels on record.

    This is yet more evidence of the growing crisis in our health and social care services, where staff are being put under great pressure and quality of care for patients is suffering.

    When will the Government wake up to the fact that they urgently need to commit additional funding?

  • Article: Feb 8, 2018

    If we look around us at our fellow Party members, elected representatives and spokespersons, we can see there is a problem: we are not as diverse in our race and ethnic minority profile as the communities we want to represent.

    Despite our clear liberal values, rejecting all forms of prejudice and inequality, the Party has failed to engage sufficiently with BAME communities.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2018

    At PMQs today, I asked the Prime Minister to confirm that the NHS would not be up for sale in any US trade deal negotiations.

    Theresa May failed to give such a guarantee.

    The Prime Minister's non-answer to my question today can only infer that our NHS is indeed for sale under the Conservatives.

    Her pathetic non-committal response, failing to even mention our health service once, stands in stark contrast to guarantees given in 2015 by the EU trade negotiator with the US during the TTIP negotiations that our NHS would be protected.

    Unfortunately, Brexit Britain, standing on our own, will be in a far weaker negotiating position.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2018

    In the last 100 years there have obviously been massive changes for the role of women in society. We are more equal, we are treated more fairly, and we face fewer obstacles in our lives. But the job is not yet done. As women we are not yet truly equal, we are not yet treated fairly, and we still face obstacles in our lives.

  • Jo Swinson (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    The fight for women's suffrage was long and brutal, but those courageous women won a crucial battle.

    As we all know - the fight for equality is far from over.

    The gender-pay gap still exists; women still face daily abuse, harassment and sexual violence and gender stereotypes and assumptions still constrain and narrow the choices of many individuals.

  • Theresa May.
    Article: Feb 5, 2018
    By Tom Brake

    Theresa May is no insisting that the UK will leave the Customs Union after Brexit.

    The idea that UK will not be in the, or any, Customs Union, confirms that the extreme Brexiters are now in control of the Government.

    The Tories' increasing obsession with putting two fingers up to all things European will only ensure maximum damage is done to our country in the long term.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2018

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    Download the report here

    This heavyweight report, Health and Social Care: Delivering a Secure Funding Future, will form the blueprint of the Lib Dems' ongoing healthcare policy.

    The panel, which includes former chief executives of NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, and the Patients Association, concluded that the NHS in England needs a real terms funding increase of £4bn in 2018-19 and further real terms increases of £2.5bn in each of the following two years.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2018

    Local MP Tim Farron has written to Jeremy Hunt and the Morecambe Bay NHS, urging them to improve youth mental health services.

    Currently, young people in the South Lakes can only access the specialist mental health crisis team from 9-5 on weekdays.

    The crisis team in the North of the county however is open from 9-8, with a weekend service from 10-1.

  • Article: Feb 2, 2018

    Disabled supporters say football still lags a long way behind cinemas, museums and other public buildings in terms of access and facilities. Going to a football match is a full-on sensory experience in which a drama with an unknown ending will unfold in front of you. The soundtrack is provided by the competing noise of two sets of rival fans, plus there's that sense of belonging to and being with your tribe. And of course there's even the smell of that welcome half-time pie wafting around the stadium.