Luciana Berger
Luciana Berger is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree.

She was appointed Shadow Minister for Public Health by Ed Miliband in
October 2013, having previously served for three years as the Shadow
Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

Before entering Parliament, Luciana worked for a management
consultancy firm before being appointed Government and Parliamentary
Manager for the National Health Service Confederation. From 2007 to
her election in 2010, Luciana was a Director for a not-for profit
campaigning and education organisation working toward peace in the
Middle East.

Luciana is a graduate of the University of Birmingham (Commerce and
Spanish) and achieved a Masters at Birkbeck College in Government,
Politics and Policy.

Entries by Luciana Berger

The Scandal of Mental Health in Prisons That Michael Gove Is Failing to Tackle

(2) Comments | Posted 16 May 2016 | (21:43)

Today's Justice Select Committee report into safety in Britain's prisons reveals a crisis in mental health, with rising levels of self-harm, drug abuse and suicide. A few weeks ago, prison officers at Wormwood Scrubs walked out because they could not guarantee safety for themselves or the prisoners. Yet Justice Secretary...

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Patients and Families Failed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Need Action and They Need It Now

(0) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (17:19)

The tragedy of Southern Health NHS Trust continues to unfold. There has been a litany of failure and obfuscation by the Trust over the past four years, including over a thousand unexpected deaths which have not been properly investigated. This Trust, which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, provides specialist...

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Our Armed Forces Members Experiencing Mental Health Problems Deserve Parity of Care

(0) Comments | Posted 10 March 2016 | (13:45)

Serving in the Armed Forces is one of the most honourable positions to hold. Thousands of brave men and women risk their lives on the front line to keep our country safe. They work to protect people living in the face of conflict. They deserve our constant support and eternal...

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Locking Up Ill Children Has No Place in the 21st Century but Changing the Law Alone Will Not Put a Stop to It

(0) Comments | Posted 7 March 2016 | (23:00)

Today Parliament is debating the Policing and Crime Bill which contains provisions to end the detention of children with mental health problems in police cells. These measures are welcome and long overdue. Whilst our understanding of mental health may have grown in recent years, there remains many elements of mental...

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Ministers Must Stop Hiding Behind Their Rhetoric and Deliver These Vital Long-Overdue Changes

(4) Comments | Posted 15 February 2016 | (19:18)

I welcome the publication today of the independent Mental Health Taskforce report. It is a serious piece of work by committed campaigners and well-respected practitioners in the field of mental health. Taskforce members listened to thousands of testimonies from patients and their families from across the country, all...

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The Next Generation Shouldn't Have to Cope on Their Own - It's Time for Ministers to Act

(3) Comments | Posted 7 February 2016 | (23:00)

It is said that school days are the best days of our life. Adults looking back on their life often feel nostalgic for the simple joy of being young, the sense of wonder that accompanies learning about the world in which we live, spending the best part of the day...

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For People With Mental Illness, Supported Housing Is a Lifeline - It Must Not Be Put at Risk

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2016 | (18:06)

The Chancellor's plan to cap housing benefit for people in supported housing will wreak havoc in the lives of many vulnerable people. As the Shadow Minister for Mental Health I have had a large number of individuals and organisations get in touch with me about how these changes will impact...

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This Christmas Let's Ensure No-One Is Feeling Isolated and Alone

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2015 | (11:41)

The focus of the John Lewis advert this year is the isolation of the 'man on the moon' who sits alone until he is connected to earth by a telescope, purchased, of course, from John Lewis. The advert laudably highlights loneliness at Christmas; if only the answer to loneliness was...

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We Must Stem the Tide of Male Suicide

(9) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (23:00)

We are witness to a record rise in suicide amongst young men. The latest figures show that male suicide accounted for 76% of all suicides in the UK in 2014, some 4,623 deaths. Suicide is the single biggest cause of death of men aged under-45 in this country.

I am...

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How Can Ministers Claim to Be Promoting Patient Care When the Wellbeing of Those Who Provide It Is Suffering So Badly on Their Watch?

(1) Comments | Posted 5 November 2015 | (10:04)

'Tired doctors make miskates', 'Bad decisions costs lives', 'Today I am your doctor, tomorrow I could be the patient.' These were just some of the slogans on the placards held by the thousands of junior doctors who have marched across the country in recent weeks, in opposition to the new...

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The Sad Truth Is That for Thousands of People With Mental Health Issues in the UK, There Is No Dignity

(5) Comments | Posted 10 October 2015 | (00:00)

In the weeks since I was appointed Shadow Minister for Mental Health I have been overwhelmed by the words of encouragement and support from across the worlds of politics and health, and from the public. This is the first position of its kind, and reflects the genuine interest and concern...

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We Need Action on Public Health Now - The Future of Our NHS Depends on It

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2015 | (15:56)

It has not yet been a month since the General Election and only a week has passed since the Queen's speech. Yet the reality of things to come under a Conservative majority government is already clear and it's the future of our NHS that concerns me the most.

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Time Is Running Out for a Decision on Life-saving Vaccine

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2015 | (14:23)

As this zombie parliament staggers towards the exit, we must ask why ministers have failed to introduce the vaccine that we know could eradicate Meningitis B. Negotiations over the price that ministers are prepared to pay for this life saving vaccine have been underway since last summer, after the vaccine...

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After U-Turns on U-Turns, the Government Must Now Honour Their Promise on Standardised Packaging of Tobacco

(6) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (14:34)

Yesterday the government finally listened to public health experts from around the world and at last, after much feet dragging, announced it will bring forward regulations on standardised packaging of tobacco. This vital measure will help prevent children taking up smoking, saving thousands of lives in the process. I welcome...

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Eating Disorders and Our Children - A Problem That Demands More Attention

(2) Comments | Posted 4 January 2015 | (23:00)

At a time of year when so much of our focus has been on food, we should pause to consider those whose relationship with what they eat is a serious concern.

Our understanding has developed about the various forms of mental illness which can be grouped under the umbrella...

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Why Mental Health Must Stay on the Agenda

(1) Comments | Posted 18 August 2014 | (16:49)

Mental illness can affect everyone and anyone. Male or female. Old or young. Rich or poor, in or out of the public eye. As Ed Miliband said, it is 'the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age.'

Dealing with mental illness can be hard enough even if you...

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One Year On From Reorganisation, We Are Further Away From Parity Than Ever Before

(1) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (15:28)

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the reorganisation of the NHS. It was described by Alan Milburn last night as a "car crash" and an "expensive upheaval that foolishly focused on changing structures not improving services."

However, thanks to Labour peers, one good thing to come out of the...

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David Cameron Is Failing to Show the Leadership Britain Needs to Tackle Climate Change at Home and Abroad

(42) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (00:00)

The report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a stark reminder of the scale of the challenge we face to preserve our planet for future generations.

The findings by the world's leading climate experts make for sobering reading. By the end of this...

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This Divided Coalition Makes Progress on Climate Change Harder, Not Easier

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (09:11)

This week the UN climate change conference in Doha comes to a close. Alongside the news of a royal baby and the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, it is likely that the fine detail of these negotiations will pass the majority of people by.

Yet figures published this week showing that...

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Instead of Taxing Home Improvement the Government Should Focus on Making the Green Deal a Good Deal

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2012 | (00:00)

Over the past few weeks the government's flagship energy efficiency policy, the Green Deal, has lurched from one setback to the next. On the one side is the Tea Party tendency in the Tory Party - those Tory MPs who don't believe in climate change, or...

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