Paralympic Games and Promoting Disability Rights

Last night saw the spectacular opening of the Paralympic Games in Rio. It is great to see that so many British athletes are tipped for gold medals across a range of events, building on the unprecedented success of Paralympics GB in London and the fantastic Olympic performance of Team GB in

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Tories are bleeding the NHS dry

A Patients Association report shows that the number of people waiting for surgery for over 18 weeks is up by almost 80% on the previous year. As a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, a former Primary Care Trust Chair and a former member of Labour’s Shadow Health Team, I believe the

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CQC Report into Pennine Acute Trust

I’m very concerned but not entirely surprised to read the Care Quality Commission’s report which has highlighted some very worrying shortcomings at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. It’s notable that the staff themselves are providing a good standard of care and treating patients in

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MPs back Saints’ autism campaign

I have joined other MPs, Marie Rimmer, St Helens South and Whiston, and Conor McGinn, St Helens North, in backing Saints’ campaign to raise funds for St Helens Autism Support. Saints have launched a one off replica shirt for Rugby League’s Magic Weekend and the special edition kit will be worn

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