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Mark Hughes


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    I'm the Business and Policy Manager at Patient Safety Learning (PSL). I'm currently working to develop PSL's internal business and management processes and also providing policy research and support. My background is working in the third sector in health and social care and previously in a number of different roles for two Members of Parliament.
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  1. Content Article
    Written Questions are a parliamentary mechanism by which Members of the Senedd can table questions specifically for a written answer by the Welsh Government or the Senedd Commission. Laura Anne Jones MS asked what progress had been made in Wales in implementing the findings of the Cumberlege Review (The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Review). This review examined how the healthcare system in England responds to reports about the harmful side effects from medicines and medical devices and consider how it could respond to them more quickly and effectively in the future. Vaug
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    Just over a week ago NHS England and NHS Improvement announced the launch of a network of 40 Long COVID clinics over the coming weeks. While there still needs to be more details providing, particularly a clear timeframe for the roll-out of these and information on their locations, I was wondering if anyone has heard about whether there are similar plans for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales? From a little online research at the moment I've only found the following: Northern Ireland No formal announcements from the Department of Health along these lines. The charity Northern Ireland C
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    On the hub now there is new information from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) published today which gives more details about the forthcoming guideline on post-COVID syndrome which is planned to be published by the end of the year. The guideline scope published today defines post-COVID syndrome (also known as Long COVID) as signs and symptoms that develop during or following an infection consistent with COVID-19 which continue for more than 12 weeks and are not
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    The NHS have today announced a new five-point package of measures to support Long COVID patients. We've set out Patient Safety Learning's initial thoughts on this in this press statement and would be keen to hear the views of others: https://www.patientsafetylearning.org/press-releases/nhs-announces-five-point-package-to-support-long-covid-patients
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    Health and Social Care Select Committee This is a cross-party body that is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and Social Care and its associated public bodies in the UK. It is composed of MPs and examines government policy, spending and administration on behalf of the electorate and the House of Commons.[1] Safety of maternity services in England The Committee opened an inquiry into the Safety of maternity services in England on the 24 July 2020. The intention of this inquiry is to examine evidence relating to ongoing concerns around recurring failin
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    UK Government and Parliament Petitions This is a official petition tabled to the UK Government and Parliament. If such a petition gets 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if it gets 100,000 signatures it will be considered for a debate in Parliament (all petitions run for six months).[1] Ensure speedy access to diagnostics and treatment for non-covid patients The petition reads as follows: Drastic action was taken to protect patients and NHS staff at the start of the pandemic and treatment of patients with covid-19 was prioritised. This has meant access even to
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    You can now find a full transcript of yesterday's debate in the House of Commons on the hub via the link below:
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    What is an Adjournment Debate? There is a 30 minute Adjournment Debate at the end of each day's sitting of the House of Commons. They provide an opportunity for an individual backbench MP to raise an issue and receive a response from the relevant Minister. Unlike many other debates, these take place without a question which the House of Commons must then make a decision on.[1] NHS Hysteroscopy Treatment In this debate Lyn Brown MP outlined the issue of significant numbers of women who experience extreme levels of pain when undergoing a hysteroscopy, highlighted by groups such as t
  9. Community Post
    The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy have highlighted on Twitter that they will be a Adjournment Debate in the UK House of Commons on this tabled by Lynne Brown MP later today. An Adjournment Debate runs for 30 minutes and takes place at the end of a day's session in the House of Commons. They provide a opportunity for MPs to raise an issue in the chamber and receive a ministerial response. The times for these debates are always a bit fluid, but its likely to take place between 4.00-5.30pm and you can watch this on www.parliamentlive.tv or the BBC Parliament Channel on Freeview. T
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    What is a Early Day Motion? Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed - as such very few are debated. They are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. By attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.[1] Early Day Motion 864 - Researching and supporting people with long Covid-19 symptoms This Early Day Motion was tabled by Andrew Gywnne MP and sponsored
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    On the hub now is a link to the transcript of Tuesday's debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government's response to the First Do No Harm report. While no formal details were given about the nature of this role, other than it will be open to consultation, some notable comments in the debate included: Alex Neil MSP suggested the role should be 'a parliamentary appointment, not a Scottish Government or NHS appointment', calling for the role to have real powers and should be (unlike the Scottish Human Rights Commissioner) able to investigate specific cases. Kenneth Gibso