Health and care

Fighting to ensure the highest possible standards of care are maintained at Russells Hall. Working with the hospital we secured government funding for improvements at A&E.

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to increase support for people with autism and learning disabilities.

 

Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Autism and learning disabilities are clinical priorities in the NHS long-term plan. We are committed to improving the quality of care provided to people with a learning disability or autism and to addressing the persistent health inequalities they face.

Mike Wood: What steps his Department is taking to help tackle loneliness.

 

Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: Although I originally studied law and was called to the Bar, I never practised, so I hope I may speak in the debate without being tied to any particular interest. This debate is increasingly showing a division between those on the side of personal injury practitioners, and those on the side of the overwhelming majority of our constituents who face the costs arising from an ever-escalating number of claims, of escalating value, for relatively minor injuries. My right hon.

Mike Wood: It is a particular pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this evening, Dame Cheryl; we are debating an issue on which you have done much, not only to raise awareness, but to transform the legislative framework in which we operate. I thank the Petitions Committee for ensuring that time was made available for the debate, and congratulate

Mike Wood: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, thanks to his efforts and those of the Department of Health and Social Care and of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust after the collapse of Carillion, work on the Midland Metropolitan Hospital will resume later this year, and the West Midlands will get another world-class hospital?

 

David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Mike Wood: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that as well as direct legal expenses, related legal expenses in relation to responding to the consultation on the terms of reference will be met, so that the voice of victims and their families can be properly heard?

 

David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Mike Wood: What discussions has the Minister had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about bids to address period poverty through the tampon tax fund?

 

Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

It is a real pleasure to be able to speak in this debate and to follow the moving contributions of my hon. Friend
the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) and many other Members.

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to improve mental health support for members of the armed forces and veterans.

 

Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I support the Bill today.

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