Health and care

Mike Wood MP has welcomed the Government’s multi-million pound investment in Russells Hall Hospital this winter, as it emerged that the Dudley NHS

Like Members on both sides of the House, my family and I rely on our national health service, and it has always been there when we needed it most. It was there when my two children were born in local hospitals, caring for them when they were at their most vulnerable and looking after my wife through complications and immediately after their births. Then, at the start of 2017, the NHS was there for me when I unexpectedly became ill very quickly and developed severe septic shock.

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser,

Mike Wood – Dudley South’s Member of Parliament – continues with his plans to volunteer for various charities, community groups and public services

Dudley South MP Mike Wood brought the community together to raise money for one of the country's best-known cancer support charities.

Mike Wood: The Minister rightly speaks about NICE’s important role in eliminating postcode lotteries. Does she agree that NICE’s independence is vital to ensuring availability to patients once an agreement is reached with BioMarin, wherever those patients are from, whether Penwortham in her constituency or Pensnett in mine?


Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

I could not have put it better myself.

What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the blue badge scheme for people with hidden disabilities.


Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

From 30 August 2019, the blue badge scheme will include non-visible as well as visible disabilities. This change will be assessed 12 months after implementation, using feedback form the public, stakeholders and local authorities who administer the scheme. We will be tracking how many badges are awarded under the new criteria.


Mike Wood: Does the Minister agree that one of the crucial aspects of tackling loneliness is raising awareness of the services, support and activities that are available in local communities, and what are the Government doing to achieve this?


Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mike Wood: Three million of the four million videos taken down by YouTube in the last six months were identified and removed by artificial intelligence. What greater role does the Secretary of State see for technological development in helping to reduce online harm and keep people safe online?


Matthew Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)

Mike Wood: My hon. Friend speaks about a more inquisitorial system. Does she agree that if we are looking at a genuinely inquisitorial system of the kind that would be recognised on the continent, it might help if coroners were able to question and probe rather than being expected purely to be the independent arbiter and judge, which lends itself to cases being more adversarial?


Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

Peter Grant Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

I am grateful for the chance to speak in this debate, and I commend Keir Starmer for having secured it.

Mike Wood: Does my hon. Friend agree that such horrendous abuse and its lifelong effects cannot possibly be justified on the basis of cultural practice?


Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

Mike Wood: Shared parental leave is as much about cultural change as it is about legislation. What is my right hon. Friend doing to help parents better understand and access shared parental leave?


Penny Mordaunt (The Secretary of State for International Development, Minister for Women and Equalities)

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South, was welcomed to RAF Cosford Airbase last F

Mike Wood: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Does he agree that one of the major barriers to children and young people exercising their rights under the UN convention on the rights of the child to be involved in decisions around their own care is difficulty in accessing the content of their personal files, and that this issue needs to be addressed across the country?


Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

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

On 17 October 2018 Member of Parliament for Dudley South, Mike Wood, registered as a potential lifesaver along with other MPs with blood cancer cha

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.