Health Select Committee

Brexit Could Put The UK 'Second Rank' For Access To New Medicines

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics

Patients could face a delay of up to a year for new medicines as a result of Brexit, the Heath Secretary told MPs on Tuesday. Jeremy Hunt said Britain...

The Case for a Sugar Tax Is as Strong as It Is Urgent

Julie Cooper | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

Some of the critics of the tax have said that this is a step too far and product labelling would give parents the knowledge they need and allow them to make an informed choice but as Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef and food campaigner has said "the time for gentle words has passed. We need to be bold". I couldn't agree more because the safety of our children is at stake. This is a step change in improving the nation's health and will save lives.

MP Warns Against Getting 'Bogged Down' Over Evidence For Homeopathy

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics

An MP who wants to chair the influential Commons health select committee has defended his advocacy of alternative medicines and said its uptake in the...

We Need to Look Outside the Box If We Are to Tackle the Problems Facing the NHS

David Tredinnick | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Tredinnick

We need to look outside the box if we are to tackle the problems facing the NHS and the health issues we face more widely today as a society. It is for that reason that the Health Select Committee needs an open and independently-minded Chair who can put aside the dogma that has held back the health agenda in this country, and seek innovative solutions.

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

Tories: Undermining the NHS and Playing Politics With Mid Staffordshire

Valerie Vaz | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Valerie Vaz

For all the government's tough talk of protecting the NHS, £2.2bn from the NHS budget was handed back to the Treasury in last week's budget. Ministers have let care standards slip as they obsess over an unnecessary reorganisation that's taken £3bn out of patient care when the frontline is making unprecedented savings.

'As Shocking As It Sounds, I Had No Idea'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

The boss of the NHS has faced down calls for his resignation, insisting he had "no idea" about one of the biggest scandals in its history. "As shoc...

Whistleblowing and Patient Safety : The Patient's or the profession's interests at stake?

Rita Pal | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Medical whistleblowing has featured in countless newspaper headlines. The stories are usually victim-focused, implying that if you blow the whistle, your life is automatically destroyed. While that may be true in some cases, the stereotypical "victim" imagery is not constructive, helping neither the psychology of the individual whistleblower, nor the system that spawned them.

Social Care Faces Cash Crisis And Reforms Are Just Distracting, Say MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics

Social care in England faces an acute funding crisis within two years, with the current raft of NHS reforms likely to distract from the black hole in ...