Paul Burstow

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Hardly Any MPs Think The NHS Is Up To Tackling A Major Issue

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...

Housing Is the Missing Piece in the Health and Care Puzzle

Paul Burstow | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Home matters, it can be an expression of independence, important to our sense of wellbeing and critical to our health. Where we live should be a choice at every stage in our lives. But for those who have complex care and support needs that choice is all too often denied, confused with the package of care, and loss of control.

Be Nice to Yourself - Choose What Kind of Care Home You Want

Stephen Burke | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

A care home in the future might be much smaller than many of our large institutions. It might be much more flexible in terms of living space, both personal and communal, and it will be well designed. The focus will be on companionship as well as care. And it won't be hidden away.

Mental Health - Ending the Silence

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

One of the things I am most proud of our party for in government, is the emphasis we are putting on mental health. I want to pay tribute to Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb for their work on this and I also want to thank Lib Dem party members like Lee Dargue who have put in hours and hours, campaigning on this issue. Mental health services are absolutely vital but tragically find themselves swept under the carpet all too often. This silence must end. It costs lives, divides our society and harms our young people. We must have the courage to open our eyes to the truth about mental health and act.

Making the Pursuit of Happiness as Important as GDP

Paul Burstow | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

The cost of doing nothing or simply settling for gradual change runs to billions of pounds, but the real cost is measured in human misery, misery for want of determination to act on the evidence.

How Can We Get MS Drugs to Those Who Need Them?

Paul Burstow | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

It's unacceptable that so many people with MS are not able to access the treatment, services and support they require as a result of where they live and I'd urge people to support the MS Society's Treat Me Right campaign.

Whose Job Is It Anyway? Why Calls From Campaigners for Older People May Be Falling on Deaf Ears

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

The Office for National Statistics projects that the number of people in England aged 85 or over will increase from 1.24 million in 2013 to 2.3 million by 2030. This age group is also the most likely to have some form of disability. A glance at just some of the announcements made in the last two weeks alone tells us that demographic change is creeping back onto the public agenda. The question on everyone's lips: Are we prepared? The answer: No.

Mental Illness: It's Not About Choice

Martha Roberts | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Martha Roberts

Choice is, "Shall we paint the bedroom blue or green?" or even "'Shall we start a family?" Choice is not, "Shall I have constant PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) flashbacks?", nor is it, "Shall I be bipolar and be so hard to live with that my partner leaves me?" It is also not, "Shall I feel so depressed that I'll think about ending it all?"

Ned Simons

Baroness Williams Blasts Nick Clegg For Firing Lib Dem Ministers | Ned Simons | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics

BRIGHTON - Veteran Lib Dem peer Baroness Williams, the darling of the party, has criticised Nick Clegg's decision to sack three ministers in the recen...

Ex-Health Minister Attacks Osborne Over Elderly Care Reform

PA | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK

A former health minister has accused George Osborne's Treasury of blocking reform of elderly care funding. Liberal Democrat Paul Burstow said delay...

Are Elderly People In Britain Lonelier Than Other Countries?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK

Elderly people in Britain are lonelier and poorer that those in similar European countries, international research suggests. They are also more con...

Care In Crisis

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK Politics

Spending on older people's social care in England has fallen by half a billion pounds, according to a new report. The charity Age UK - combining Ag...

Britain's Elderly Suffering Neglect, Cruelty And Abuse, According to EHCR Report

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK

Britain’s elderly in council-funded care are being left hungry and unwashed, according to a report. Published by the Equality and Human Rights C...

Michael Rundle

Liberal Democrats Debate NHS Reforms At Tense Conference Session | Michael Rundle | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrats packed the main hall of the party conference in Birmingham for a debate on NHS reform on Tuesday, where some members attacked the co...