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Can I also start by saying a big thank you to Nigel and everyone at the Nuffield Trust for the help and advice you’ve given me over the last few months. When I started this job back in September, I felt as if I’d been asked to do the world’s most complicated jigsaw puzzle. There was a problem though: there was no box, no picture but I was expected to describe it on TV from day one. I am genuinely grateful to everyone who has helped me during this period – many of you in this room today. These are critical times for […]
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Speech delivered in the House of Commons – 28/01/2016 Many Hon. Members have raised the seriousness of the financial challenge facing our health and care system. They are right to do so. Many Hon. Members have also been right to say that we need a big, honest national debate about what excellent care services look like and how we might pay for them. I’ve been the Shadow Secretary of State for Health now for just over 4 months. In that time, it has become blindingly obvious to me – if it wasn’t at the outset – that the NHS and […]
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This is my first major speech as Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary and I am pleased to be making it at National Voices Annual Conference. All of us here today are bound by a common cause – to strengthen the voices of people who use health and care services. Like me, you believe in empowering people to be involved in decisions about their own health, giving people the information they need to live healthier lives and creating a health and care system fit for the 21st century. Your values are my values – and they are values that will guide the Labour […]
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