The Care Bill
Posted Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 12:38
Last night and again today Parliament has been debating the government’s Care Bill and I have received a very large number of campaign emails on the subject. Most of the attention is focused on Clause 119 and Paul Burstow’s amendment to replace it.
The form emails I have received all say ‘the NHS is very important to me’, which is entirely understandable and a sentiment I completely agree with. But I cannot see why, if we agree that the NHS is a vital natural resource, so many people believe that it would be managed best by binding the hands of doctors and administrators.
We have a national health service made up of interdependent hospitals and it just doesn’t make sense that officials are currently only able to look at single failing providers in isolation. In the long term this will reduce the standard of care available to patients and not increase it, as we all want.
Having worked in the NHS, used the NHS and spoken to hundreds of constituents over the years about their feelings and experiences, I would never vote for a measure that had anything like the consequences the campaign emails suggest.
I know opposition parties must oppose and campaign groups must campaign but there is a thin line between that and scaremongering among vulnerable people on the basis of what you know to be untruths.
'The Four Streets' now available for pre-order
Posted Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 14:29
to pre-order my debut novel, The Four Streets
, released on 10 April 2014.
Talking about the personal elements of The Four Streets
Posted Monday, 3 March 2014 at 21:31
Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 20:03
Prime Minister's Questions
Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 19:51
School Visit to Parliament
Posted Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 09:16
It was a great joy yesterday to welcome the children from Lower Stondon School to Parliament. The last time I visited the school was for their 150th anniversary celebrations.
The school now has a new head teacher and the only problems it has are those which present as a result of success.
A big thank you to Ella, who couldn't sleep the night before because she was so excited and drew a lovely picture of parliament which we have added to the collection on my office wall.
Talking about my favourite bits of The Four Streets
Posted Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 20:15
My 'acting' debut in 'House of Cards' by Lord (Michael) Dobbs
Posted Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 20:05
Mail on Sunday article
Posted Sunday, 16 February 2014 at 15:56
for my article in today's Mail on Sunday
, 'Launch your secret weapon Dave. Get Boris into Number 10 now... and make him your Deputy Prime Minister'.
Talking about the different experiences of being an MP and writing The Four Streets
Posted Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at 18:23
Posted Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at 18:18
I will be out and about in Shefford tomorrow to reassure residents affected by the threat of flooding. I will also hold an impromptu surgery in the tea rooms at lunch time if anyone wants to speak to me.
Abortion Counselling (redux)
Posted Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 17:13
Here is the text of a letter I have today sent to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, following the revelations published in the Telegraph this morning.
In my amendment to the then Health and Social Care Bill in September 2011 I made clear my belief that there is an obvious need for independent abortion counselling to be provided to women presenting with crisis pregnancies.
The argument was made even stronger by the Telegraph sting published this morning detailing the biased and factually incorrect advice being given to vulnerable women in need of impartial advice.
As a result of what we have seen, a professional body such as the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy should be asked immediately to establish a set of guidelines for the best practice of independent, non-directional pre and post-abortion counselling.
This would empower the CQC to inspect abortion counsellors against those guidelines and go a long way to offering protection from the sort of behaviour exposed by the Telegraph.
As you may know, my personal view is that any organisation with a preconceived agenda on the issue of abortion should not be allowed anywhere near women presenting with crisis pregnancies. This means that organisations as diverse as SPUC, who are fiercely pro-life, and BPAS, who have no issues with gender selection or full term abortion, would both be forbidden from imposing their point of view on others.
After the debate on my amendment back in 2011, the Department of Health established a commission that examined the best way of improving counselling services for pregnant women that agreed non-compulsory counselling was the best option.
I would now like to ask that we can meet as soon as possible to discuss the establishment of a recognised non-directional best practice procedure for pre and post-abortion counselling.
Nadine Dorries MP