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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to think again about how treatments for Haemophilia sufferers are commissioned on the NHS.

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Treatment for Haemophilia is currently provided by frequent injections of replacement engineered clotting factor concentrates. However, new longer lasting treatments are available that could be easier to use, allow patients to be more active, provide better protection from bleeds and reduce the occurrence of joint damage in the longer term.

Furthermore, a range of new treatments for haemophilia such as gene therapy and other novel therapies such as Emicizumab, Fitusiran and anti-TFPI inhibitors are expected to be licensed over the coming years.

Austin is concerned that the way NHS England will tender for and commission the treatments for haemophilia, which are heavily based on cost, will restrict access to these new developments.

He has signed a cross-party letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock asking the government to look again at the way the NHS will commission treatments for Haemophilia A and B to make sure the patient is put first.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve been contacted by constituents in Dudley who suffer from this rare disorder. It is a constant concern for them and their families as a small cut could lead to a bigger problem.  

“Unfortunately, research shows that the UK spends the least and has the worst treatments outcomes in Europe. This is a serious problem which needs to be addressed.

“I want the government to look again at the way treatments are commissioned and tendered, so that the patient is the priority and the long-term health benefits are considered.

“This is exactly how politics should work. It’s my job to listen to my constituents and push for changes to help them.”

Austin calls for action to help sufferers of rare blood disorder

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to think again about how treatments for Haemophilia sufferers are commissioned on the NHS.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed Black Country home-owners who feel ripped off by their leasehold contracts, calling for the Government to launch an inquiry into the scandal of miss-sold leasehold homes.

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An estimated 18% of homes in the West Midlands have been sold as leasehold in the most recent year for which data is available, and a total of 4.3 million properties across England – almost one in five of all homes – are classified as leasehold.

This arrangement, which is most common for flats, means homes are bought but leased rather than entirely owned, with leaseholders often paying a ‘ground rent’ as well as service charges to the property freeholder, or to a managing agent acting on their behalf.

Homeowners who purchased the leasehold of their property are often locked into contracts which force them to seek permission to make basic alterations or to build extensions such as conservatories, despite no planning permission being required.

Some leaseholders find they’re obliged to pay extortionate ground rents, while others are locked into rip-off service charges. Many didn’t choose their own solicitor and feel they were poorly advised when purchasing their home. Survey data suggests almost six in ten leaseholders didn’t understand what being a leaseholder meant until they had already purchased the property, and more than nine in ten leaseholders regret buying a leasehold property at all.

In the House of Commons this week, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP, challenged Government Ministers to set up an inquiry into the miss-selling of leasehold homes.

Ian Austin said:

“I have been contacted by a number of people in Dudley who feel really ripped off from their leasehold contracts.

“I have heard of cases where private tenants were asked to contribute payment to a council tenant’s front door in a black of flats. Another was asked to pay thousands for a new roof on their block of flats when the Council decided to do the work – with no consultation.

“This is unfair for the hard-working people who have brought their own property but are far from being able to make decisions about their home.”

Labour’s Housing Secretary, John Healey MP said:

“Leaseholders find they’ve bought their home but still don’t own it, and many feel ripped off by unfair leasehold contracts.

“This is a national scandal but the Government’s action to date has been too weak, too slow and has overlooked the plight of existing leaseholders. Ministers must act to back an inquiry into this systematic leasehold miss-selling, as with other miss-selling scandals like pensions, endowment mortgages and PPI.”

Local MP calls for action on contracts that rip off Dudley residents

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed Black Country home-owners who feel ripped off by their leasehold contracts, calling for the Government to launch an inquiry into the scandal of miss-sold...

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to support student nurses – instead of saddling them with massive debts.

 

He is backing the “Fund Our Future Campaign” which is calling on the Government to put back a minimum of £1 billion year in nursing higher education.  

Government changes mean student nurses now have to pay tuition fees like other students, but there have been 1800 fewer nurses accepted onto nursing courses in September 2018 compared to 2016.  This is against a backdrop of almost 42,000 nursing vacancies in England in the NHS alone, and its estimated that by 2023 this will rise to almost 48,000.

The personal cost of becoming a nurse is turning people away when health and care services most need growth in the number of registered nurses. Nursing students urgently need more financial support if the Government is going to tackle the workforce crisis.

Austin says the government should pay nurses to train like they did in the past. Nursing courses are longer than other degrees and students have to work all hours of the day and night. 

This means they don’t have the time to get other jobs to support themselves.

Ian Austin said:

 

“Nurses work all hours of the day and night to care for the rest of us and they deserve our thanks and support, but they also need a government that is on their side and funds the NHS properly.

“England is the only country in the UK without some form of bursary for a nursing degree. If it was down to me we would pay students to become nurses like we did in the old days, not the other way around!

“I want to Government to support nurses by ensuring education is properly funded, helping with tuition fees and making sure the vacancies are filled to give the NHS the support it needs”

Austin Calls On Government To Supports Student Nurses

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to support student nurses – instead of saddling them with massive debts.  


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