NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

Health
The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 8,416  vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the Midlands in July to September 2019. This means that 12.6% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse. The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.  Even worse, Boris Johnson's pledge for 50,000 new nurses isn't even true. What is true is the Conservative's manifesto commitment to introduce a nurse tax for EU workers.  Over 11,600 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service in the three years since the Brexit vote, including 4,783 nurses. The Conservatives are only going to discourage more nurses from coming to work in the…
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Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Urgent action needed in mental health and learning disability services – Lib Dems

Health
Today the publication of CQC’s ‘State of Care 2018/19’ report reveals a rise of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism that were rated inadequate. The report also shows a rise of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services rated inadequate. Responding to the report, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Vince Cable said: “It is rare for a public body such as the Care Quality Commission to be so scathing of the effects of Government policy. Their honesty is to be congratulated. “They highlight graphically the decline in standards for mental health and learning disability inpatient services. This means some of the most vulnerable are not receiving anything like the standards of care that they need. “Staffing shortages, coupled with inadequate funding solutions…
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Conference 2019: Liberal Democrats set out plans to help young carers

Conference 2019: Liberal Democrats set out plans to help young carers

Community, Equality, Health
The Liberal Democrats have today passed new plans to address the pressure faced by young carers, including giving young carers a free bus pass. The party's new Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey, was himself a young carer for his mother before she passed away when he was 15. Reflecting, he said: "You have to grow up early as a young carer. As we saw today, without adequate support, being a young carer can hurt your life chances. We must demand better." The raft of new policies include reforming the Carers Allowance so young people who undertake more than 21 hours a week of education can qualify for the allowance, and treating being a carer by learning institutes and employers as a diversity issue. Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said: "Carers devote much of…
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Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Shocking figures ‘highlights the extent of Derbyshire County Council’s failings in Children’s Services’ say Lib Dems

Education, Health, News, Welfare, Young People
A Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats revealed that Derbyshire County Council successfully defended just 4.35% of cases where Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) were disputed for Special Educational Needs and Disability provision in 2018. EHCPs are for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. The plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. So they are designed to identify essential support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Ross Shipman, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for N-E Derbyshire, said: “It’s absolutely terrible. The Tory controlled council are failing the most vulnerable children in Derbyshire; and in the vast majority of cases the…
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Improving Our Health and Well Being

Improving Our Health and Well Being

2019 Manifesto, Health
Good health is a prerequisite to taking full advantage of life’s opportunities, and we must do all we can to help people stay healthy across North Derbyshire. The NHS has been the envy of the world, but it is now facing the greatest crisis in its history, and we urgently need to increase its funding - Liberal Democrats at a national level would raise income tax by 1p in the pound. As a country, we are living longer, but that means more people are living with conditions like diabetes and dementia and they need help to live with dignity and the maximum degree of independence. We must set the highest standards in care, abolishing the artificial boundaries that prevent local Councils, health and social care services working together. Health and…
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Children’s Mental Health Week: The Importance of Dealing with Mental Health Issues at an Early Age

Children’s Mental Health Week: The Importance of Dealing with Mental Health Issues at an Early Age

Health
My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; (excerpt from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘My Heart Leaps Up’ 1802) Wordsworth’s observation that ‘the child is father of the man’ has significant implications for how we treat children in our society. Wordsworth was suggesting that early experiences help shape the people we will become in adulthood. For him it was a pleasant experience, seeing a rainbow, which gave him the revelation. For many though, childhood is a challenging period, with many stressful, painful experiences, arising from poverty, bullying, pressures to compete and achieve, crises…
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Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

Health
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are pleased to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February). For this year’s theme ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds. When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too. Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. Children in every class have diagnosed mental health conditions and many more struggle with…
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Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Councils Failing to Tackle Blue Badge Abuse as Number of Thefts Soar

Equality, Health
Figures released recently show a 45 per cent rise in stolen disabled parking permits. Most councils are failing to prosecute motorists for misusing disabled parking permits – despite a significant rise in thefts of blue badges. More than three in five local authorities in England took no action against people caught falsely using the permit in 2017-18. Disability campaigners said a failure to act against perpetrators was “disgraceful” with Phil Talbot of disability charity Scope said: “Stealing blue badges isn’t a crime without consequences. They are a vital lifeline for those who genuinely need them.” Ninety-four of 152 English local authorities (62 per cent) did not pursue anyone for abusing the blue badge scheme since last year, according to Press Association analysis of Department for Transport data. Of those, 31…
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Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Lamb: NHS plan fatally undermined by insufficient resources

Health
Responding to the NHS 10-year plan, former Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said:  “Delivering this ambitious plan is likely to be fatally undermined by insufficient resources, a staffing crisis and a failure to address the disastrous situation with social care. "The Government’s commitment to a new focus on prevention rings hollow when the very services which help prevent elderly people ending up in hospital are at breaking point and vital public health budgets are progressively cut back.  "The Liberal Democrats will continue to demand that the Government works with other parties to achieve a genuine long term, sustainable settlement for the NHS and social care.  "We will keep making the case for a new, dedicated NHS and care tax to guarantee a modern, effective and efficient NHS and care system…
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Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Mental Health Matters: Suicide Awareness

Health
In the UK in 2016 there were 5,250 deaths from brain tumours. Over the same period there were 5,965 deaths from suicide. Is it right to compare the two? Probably not. I chose them because both have similar mortality rates, and, to a large extent, both are “invisible” to passers-by. But it’s important to remember that both physical and mental well-being are essential to living a healthy life. We’ve all heard people say that those with mental health issues are “attention seeking” or “have too much time on their hands” and the old classic “what can they possibly have to be depressed about?” The reality is that most people don’t know what they have to be depressed about – it’s not their choice; but they’re certainly not attention seeking or…
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