Sir Mike Penning calls on the Prime Minister to back a new hospital for west Hertfordshire and secures a meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
Speaking in the Health and Care Bill debate, Sir Mike Penning calls for more accountability for NHS Hospital Trusts to pay attention to the wishes of local people such as a new hospital on a greenfield site to serve all the people of west Hertfordshire.
Sir Mike Penning outlines the life-saving benefits of prescribed medical cannabis for children with severe epilepsy and calls on the medical profession to resolve outstanding issues that are preventing consultants prescribing the drug in accordance with the legislation.
Sir Mike Penning backs the Health and Social Care Levy Bill as necessary to tackle the NHS backlog and fund social care, but raises concerns that the money will get lost on huge top management salaries and that the NHS Trusts will not spend it on the backlog as Parliament intends.
Sir Mike Penning backs the Government’s new tax levy to enable the NHS to tackle the backlog and provide a new, permanent way to pay for reforms to social care. He said it has been kicked down to the road for far too long and, whilst not perfect, is the best available solution to tackle the problem.