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NHS agency staff

I do appreciate concern about the use of NHS agency staff, and would like to provide reassurance that the Government is committed to increasing the number of staff in the NHS, both in the short-term and for the future. I support recent announcements to train and recruit 25 per cent more doctors and nurses every year. That
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Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will introduce legislation to replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). DoLs is an assessment currently carried out on people who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care, for example because they are living with dementia. However, this system has been
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Horse tethering

I support the highest standards of animal welfare and agree about the importance of protecting these gentle, sensitive creatures. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, or for a responsible party to fail to provide for their welfare. The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare
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Pancreatic cancer treatment

We all know someone close to us who has been affected by cancer. Sadly, pancreatic cancer is a common form of cancer with a higher mortality rate than others. I’m pleased that tackling this is a top priority for the Government. I know that there was a debate on Cancer Targets earlier this year, at
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Medicines and Brexit

I certainly appreciate concerns about the future supply of medicines and I can assure constituents that the implications of leaving the EU on the pharmaceutical supply are being considered as a high priority. I believe that it is important to minimise the risk of disruption and that is why the Department for Health has written
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Probate fees

I understand concerns over the change to fees for a grant of probate. Dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one is a difficult process and I have always believed it should be made as fair as possible. It is also the case that fees are a vital part of protecting access
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Parental Leave for parents with premature babies

I sympathise greatly with the experiences of parents of premature babies, especially those whose children spend extended periods in neonatal intensive care. I am assured that the Government is fully committed to supporting working parents in this position. The UK’s system of maternity leave is one of the most generous in the world, while employed,
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Live animal exports

All animals deserve to be respected and cared for at every stage of their lives. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, and I am pleased that my Party’s General Election manifesto included a commitment to take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter
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Public sector pay – Autumn 2017

The Government has scrapped the cap on public sector pay and will move towards a more flexible approach on pay. The Government will consider each specific workforce to ensure pay is set so that the public sector can continue to both attract and hold on to the excellent staff that support our world-leading public services.
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Asylum for torture survivors

This country has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it, and I can assure you this is continuing under this Government. Asylum caseworkers carefully consider protection needs by assessing all available evidence, including medical reports relating to torture, in light of published country information to reach an informed decision. Flexibility in
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NHS funding – Autumn 2017

I believe fully in the NHS and its values, and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to a tax-funded NHS, free at the point of use, wherever and whenever you need it. Despite tight public finances, the Government has actively supported the NHS’s own plan for the future. That is
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