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, where we discuss battlefields where americans once fought. be sure to watch washington journal >> at the british house of commons this past week, prime minister theresa may was questioned about funding and privatization of the u.k.'s national health service by labour party leader jeremy corbyn, and was asked by others about citizenship fees, international trade and the state of brexit negotiations. >> order. questions to the prime minister. >> question number one, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this week has seen the start of the grenfell tower
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inquiry. this was an unimaginable tragedy and justice must be done for the victims, survivors, bereaved and the wider community. it is right that we learn everything we can about what happened and take the necessary steps to make sure nothing like it ever happens again. mr. speaker yesterday also , allowed the nation to come together, one year on, to remember all the victims of the manchester terrorist attack. that night saw the worst of humanity, but it also saw the best. the kindness, compassion and fortitude we witnessed that night triumphed, and the great spirit of manchester continues to inspire us. mr. speaker this morning i had , meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. in addition to my duties in this house, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> kerry mccarthy. >> i echo the condolences expressed by the prime minister to the victims, friends and families of both grenfell and the manchester bombing. on a happier note, congratulations from this side of the house to the royal
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couple. even the fully paid-up cynics among us found it quite charming. [laughter] and i am very much one of them. a not so welcome american import , mr. speaker, is that britain now has more children classed as obese at the age of 11 than america. yesterday's public health england report shows the dismal failure of the first-year target on cutting sugar, at only 2%, compared with the 11% drop in the tax on sugary drinks. will the prime minister admit that the voluntary approach is simply not working, and will not work, and that what we want to see in chapter 2 of the childhood obesity plan are mandatory targets and a ban on junk food discounts? >> first of all i welcome the , honorable lady's good wishes for the royal couple. we expressed our good wishes in the house last week, and indeed it was a perfect day and a perfect wedding. and windsor did the couple proud.
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now we know that childhood , obesity is one of the greatest health challenges we face, and we are determined to tackle it. that is why nowhere in the world is setting more stringent sugar reduction targets than the government have set. we are as she said taxing sugary , drinks, and we are doing more. it is not just about sugar in food and drink. it is about helping children to exercise more. it is also about the funding we are putting into research on junk food advertising, and it is about cutting sugar and calories in food. we have made good progress on the sugar reduction target. sugar in drinks has been reduced by 11% and the average calories have been reduced by 6% in response to the soft drinks industry levy. but absolutely more needs to be done, which is why an updated plan is currently being worked up, and we will be in a position to say more on that shortly. >> i associate myself with the prime minister's earlier comments. indeed this week we have seen , the start of the grenfell
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inquiry, and last week dame judith hackitt reported that our building regulations are not fit for purpose, yet she did not specifically recommend a ban on inflammable cladding. can the prime minister confirm that, nevertheless, it is her clear intention to ban inflammable cladding and to ensure that another tragedy like grenfell never happens again? >> can i say to my honorable friend, i think the deeply moving testimonies we have already heard and will continue to hear this week from survivors and the bereaved leave absolutely no room for doubt. we must learn everything we can about what happened, and we must take the strongest possible action to stop such an unimaginable tragedy from ever happening again. as he says dame judith hackitt's , recommendations do not include recommending banning inflammable cladding. we are minded to go further by banning combustible materials in cladding on high-rise buildings. we are meeting our legal duty to
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consult on these proposals, and we will not delay any necessary action. thank you, mr. speaker. indeed it is almost a year since , the grenfell tragedy, and sadly justice has not yet been done. many of those families have still not been rehoused and many are still living in tower blocks where they are worried around the country of the safety of the cladding. more needs to be done more quickly. i agree with what the prime minister says about the anniversary of the manchester bomb. we were there at the service yesterday, and i pay tribute to the people of manchester for the fantastic event they held last night in albert square which , brought all communities across manchester together. that is the answer to terrorism, that is the answer to threats. bring people together. mr. speaker in 2010, £4 billion , of nhs services were outsourced to private companies. how much is it today? >> can i first of all say to the
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right honorable gentleman that i echo his comments. the terrorists who attacked in manchester and we sadly saw a , number of other terrorist attacks in this country last year. they were trying to divide us, and i think the response of all communities, whether here in london or in manchester, has shown that we will not be divided by the terrorists. we will not let the terrorists win. we will defeat them. can i say the right honorable , gentleman asks about the outsourcing of services within the national health service. of course, what we do know is that spend on the independent sector nearly doubled in the last four years of a labour government. >> mr. speaker, my question was about the amount spent now. nhs budgets have increased by just 1% per year under this government, but it is jackpot time for the privateers, whose share is up by 100% to over £9 billion per year.
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we have also learned that surrey nhs has just paid virgin care £1.5 million, not for any service that it has delivered, but because its bid was not chosen. £1.5 million wasted on virgin care that should have been spent on healthcare. is the prime minister concerned that this week the national audit office said this week that nhs england's handling of private contractors had put "patients at risk of serious harm"? >> the national audit office report said "no actual harm has , been identified." it is also the case that, in relation to the contracts that they were talking about the , savings that have been made have all been reinvested into frontline nhs patient care and have helped to fund the
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equivalent of an extra 30,000 operations. but he talks about the percentage of money that has been spent on the private sector, and i must say that the proportion of spend in the nhs in england that was outsourced to the private sector last year did not go up at all. there was somewhere where it went up by 0.8%. ah, yes, wales. >> mr. speaker. the national audit office criticised nhs england's capita contract, saying that it had put "patients at risk of serious harm." thousands of women were dropped from the national cervical cancer screening programmes. another element of the contract handed over to capita was for gp services, which resulted in two
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thirds of gp practices receiving incorrect medical records, and 500,000 new patient letters were left unsent. isn't this the inevitable consequence of this government tearing up the founding principles of the nhs and putting private profit before public service? >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman at every , general election since the nhs was formed, the labour party has scaremongered about the conservative approach to the nhs. they have made at every general election claims about privatisation and about funding cuts. what has every elected conservative government done? we have protected the nhs, we have improved nhs services, we
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have put more funding into the nhs, and we have ensured that we remain true to the founding principle of the nhs, that it is free at the point of delivery. >> from the party that opposed the nhs in the first place, that is a bit rich. mr. speaker -- >> order, order. far too much noise on both sides of the house. i have plenty of time, and i am sure that the principals have as well. we will get through the questions, but preferably in an atmosphere of calm. >> mr. speaker, the royal college of gp's says "the long
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, list of failures made by capita have been incredibly frustrating for gps and our teams, and we are still dealing with the fallout". public servants are bearing the brunt of private failure. mr. speaker gps are leaving the , profession in despair. 4000 have retired early in the past five years, which is one in 10. in 2015, the health secretary said that he would hire another 5,000 gps. how many more gps are there than there were in 2015? >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman, we now have over more doctors in our nhs 14,900 than we had in 2010. and we are indeed committed to delivering 5,000 more gps. we have increased the number training to be gps. can i also say to the right honorable gentleman, he talks
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about the private sector being used in the national health service, but he might ask the shadow health secretary for his view on this. because the shadow health secretary has said, "we are still going to buy from the private sector where we haven't got capacity in the nhs." his shadow health secretary is committed to it. >> mr. speaker the shadow health , secretary has a very good understanding of the needs of patients and will always put them first. he will not be the one putting the private sector first. mr. speaker the reality is that , there are 1,000 fewer gps and the number is falling. no wonder that more and more people are writing to me every week saying how difficult it is to get a gp appointment. gps are the bedrock of the nhs. we need more of them. mr. speaker i had a letter this , week from anne, who is
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somebody who is retired. until recently, she cared for her mother at home. she wrote: "the nhs pay a private nursing home for mum's care. day after day, we experience a catalog of disasters. i can't leave my mum knowing that her needs aren't catered for, so i spend hours at the nursing home." what action are the government taking to deal with the substandard care that providers give in the private care sector, which is so upsetting for so many people? >> i say to the right honorable gentleman and to anne that i fully understand that people want to have the confidence and reassurance of knowing that the care their loved ones receive is of a good quality. that is why this government have put in place the various steps to ensure that we are looking
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into the quality of care provided in those sectors. he talks about the shadow health secretary recognising the needs of patients. i think he was saying that he recognises the needs of patients, which is why the private sector will be used in some cases. can i just also say the former , health minister now the mayor , of manchester, said that "the private sector puts its capacity into the nhs for the benefit of nhs patients, which i think most people in this country would celebrate." >> the shadow health secretary is dedicated to the nhs, not to handing it over to private contractors. that is the difference. mr. speaker the care quality , commission said last year that "there is too much poor care." a fifth of care providers require improvement. year after year, private sector
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care providers are letting down our elderly. this year, mr. speaker is the , 70th birthday of the national health service. i pay tribute to all its staff over all of its 70 years, but the nhs reaches that milestone with the worst a&e waits on record, the worst delays for cancer referrals on record, falling numbers of gps, falling numbers of nurses and the longest funding squeeze in its history, while this government opens the door to even more profiteering. why doesn't the prime minister act now to end the siphoning off of billions of pounds from patient care, and give the nhs the funding it needs? >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman, we do
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indeed pay tribute to all those who have worked in the national health service over its 70 years and those who work there today. we want to see a bright future for the nhs, which is why we will be coming forward with a long-term plan for the national health service. what we see today is a national health service not only with more funding going into it, but, crucially, with more people being treated and more operations being undertaken. there are people alive today who have suffered from cancer and would not have been alive just eight years ago, because our cancer outcomes have improved. that is the reality of our national health service. but what we also see is that this government can put money into the nhs only because we have a balanced approach to our economy. and what did we learn this week that the labour party and the shadow chancellor want to do? they want to "overthrow capitalism." what would that mean? it would mean families paying
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higher taxes -- it is supported by parts of the the labour party, now we know where the labour party really stands on this issue. but i say to the shadow chancellor and others what would , this mean? it would mean families paying higher taxes more debt for our , children in future fewer , people in jobs and less money , for our schools and hospitals. a labour party that would bankrupt our economy would do lasting damage to our national health service. thank you very much, mr. speaker. the government have stated their ambition for the uk to have 10% of the worldwide space industry by 2030. central to achieving that is establishing our own launch capabilities within the uk, through uk spaceports.
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cornwall is keen and ready to play a significant part in that, so can my right honorable friend confirm that the government are committed to the establishment of uk spaceports? will she ensure that the right people get together to deliver this in cornwall as soon as possible? >> can i say to my honorable friend, he has put in a good bid and is a good champion for cornwall on this issue. he is absolutely right to say that our industrial strategy identifies the role of new markets, such as space launch, in driving growth across the uk. that is why we are delivering a program to ensure that companies can offer small satellite launch and sub-orbital space flight from uk spaceports. in relation to the specific issue on newquay and cornwall, strong enthusiasm for this new opportunity is being shown by newquay airport and other locations around the uk, which is why in march the government brought forward the space industry act to support them and we have made £50 million available to enable small satellite launch and sub-orbital
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flight from uk spaceports. the space agency is considering funding to help kick-start promising projects and will be making announcements shortly. >> ian blackford. >> thank you. mr. speaker, can i associate myself with the remarks of the prime minister on both manchester and grenfell? mr. speaker, the windrush scandal has taught us that the u.k. government's hostile environment policy has targeted those who legally live here. young people who have grown up in the uk and know of nothing else face losing their lawful settled status because they simply cannot afford the paperwork. home office fees have increased by 148% since 2014. these children have the right to be here. the uk is their home. i am giving the prime minister today the opportunity, will she
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scrap these fees for young people, as she has done for the windrush generation? >> can i say to the right honorable gentleman, a minor who has indefinite leave to remain will have access to benefits and entitlements which put them on an equal footing to their british citizen peers, so a grant of british citizenship is not therefore required. of course specific exemptions , from application fees are provided to several groups with limited means, such as stateless people, victims of modern slavery or domestic abuse, asylum applicants and children who are looked after by a local authority. and the children's act imposes a 1989 general duty on local authorities to promote the upbringing of children in need by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those children's needs, regardless of their status. >> ian blackford. >> mr. speaker, that simply is not good enough. we are talking about up to 120,000 young people in this country. we are talking about young people who live here, who have
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to wait 10 years and pay up to £10,000 to achieve permanent right to remain. it is shocking. this government is guilty of creating a generation of undocumented citizens without the rights that many of us take for granted. will the prime minister change her policies that target young people, and will she meet me and my honorable friend the member to resolve this issue? >> first of all, he quotes a figure that i certainly do not recognise as the cost that he suggests applies for an application for citizenship here in the united kingdom. but i repeat the point that i have made. a minor who has indefinite leave to remain will have access to the benefits and entitlements that put them on an equal footing to their british citizen peers. so a grant of british citizenship is not required in order for someone to access those rights and benefits. >> tom pursglove.
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>> through regular exercise, daily-mile initiatives help to make sure that children in schools are physically active, have better mental health and are best placed to learn and achieve. i know that my right honorable friend recognises the value of prevention in helping to address some of the health challenges that we face as a nation, so will she join me in calling for schools throughout the country to roll out the daily mile? >> can i say to my honorable friend, the daily mile is a program. it is simple and inclusive and, as my honorable friend says, it can successfully engage in physical activity children who would otherwise not undertake that physical activity. this gives me the opportunity to congratulate him on running the london marathon for two of his local charities corby nightlight , and crazy hats breast cancer appeal. well done to my honorable friend for doing that. i certainly agree that we want to see more schools adopting the active approach and the daily mile. >> pete wishart.
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>> mr. speaker as the nation's , attention was rightly focused on the royal wedding, the prime minister was busy stuffing the house of lords with 13 new members. after all of these defeats -- >> border. the honorable gentleman's question must be heard. >> and it will be, mr. speaker. >> he's got a right to ask his question, and he will ask his question. the question will be heard and the answer will be heard. that is the way it has always been and that is the way it will continue. >> i am grateful to you, mr. speaker, and i will be heard. after all these defeats, apparently we need the right type of crony. there are now more than 800 cronies, donors and aristocrats in that circus down the corridor, embarrassing this nation and mocking any notion of democracy. how many more is she going to appoint? when will enough be enough? >> can i say to the honorable
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gentleman, actually the size of the house of lords has fallen since i took office in july 2016. and from the sound of what he says, i think he is making a bid for himself to be put in the house of lords. he needs to speak to his leader. >> mr. john whittingdale. >> as my right honorable friend is aware, at the end of last year my constituent, natalie lewis-hoyle, the daughter of councillor miriam lewis and our right honorable friend the member for chorley, took her own life, having been in a coercive relationship and suffering mental abuse through what is known as gaslighting. does my right honorable friend agree that we need to raise awareness of this particular kind of abuse? will she support miriam lewis in establishing the "chat with nat" website in memory of natalie, to help and advise those affected by this behaviour? >> can i thank my right
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honorable friend for raising what is a very important issue. i start by saying i am sure that members on all sides of this house will join me in offering our deepest sympathies and condolences to councillor miriam lewis and the right honorable member for chorley. my rightike to thank honorable friend for bringing this website in memory of natalie to my attention. i am happy to offer my full support to the project, which i am sure will provide much-needed help and advice to those who are in the most difficult and painful of circumstances. we have, of course changed the law to introduce a new domestic abuse offense of coercion and control in intimate and familial relationships. since the introduction of that offense there have been almost , 300 successful prosecutions. i think this shows what a problem this issue is out there. but we are always looking for what more can be done and, in our consultation on transforming the law on domestic abuse and violence, we are currently looking for ideas on how the
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offense can be further strengthened, to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. >> mary glindon. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in north tyneside and across the uk, homebuyers are being sold new houses that have serious defects by developers such as bellway and persimmon with no means of sufficient redress. following the recent government consultation, will the prime minister put her weight behind establishing a new homes ombudsman to give those consumers the proper redress that they urgently need? >> can i say to the honorable lady, of course we want to ensure as we are building more homes for people, we want to ensure those homes are fit for purpose. there are standards that house builders have to abide by, and a number of ways in which it is possible to raise these issues,
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where there are defects in homes being built. >> julian sturdy. >> thank you, mr. speaker. bowel cancer claims the lives of more than 44 people every day and has a devastating impact on families up and down the country, but it can be beaten if it is caught at an earlier stage through better diagnosis. can the prime minister assure me that the government will listen to proposals to lower the screening age from 60 to 50? >> can i say to my honorable friend, we now have the highest cancer survival rates ever, as i mentioned earlier. the latest figures show that an estimated 7,000 or more people are surviving cancer after successful nhs cancer treatment compared with three years ago, but there is still more to be done. he is absolutely right that early diagnosis is an important element of that. we are looking at how the development of smart technologies, which allow us to analyze great quantities of data quickly and with a higher degree
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of accuracy than we have through the intervention of human beings, can be used to ensure that we get that earlier diagnosis. we want to see by at least 2033 50,000 more people each year being diagnosed at an early stage of prostate, ovarian, lung or bowel cancer. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. despite a groundswell of opposition from public, staff and clinicians, this government is actively supporting the removal of vital services from south tyneside hospital. can the prime minister tell the 149,000 people who rely on our hospital why? about the future of local health services.
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the quality and performance of hospital services. they did consult with the public. a number of changes in services. thank you mister speaker. by the british academia. to patient data. and establish the course or relationship between smoking and lung cancer. help us transform healthcare outcomes today. i did announce that we will use the artificial intelligence. the fact that we wanted to see at least -- that we are seeing
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50,000 people a year diagnosed in the early stages. we are also committed to the highest possible standards and using data and that's what we call for the data protection bill. and innovation. they give huge opportunity for us to improve services to the patients. they are very pressed for sherry to their views. can i raise another issue. last week the education secretary told the house that
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they understood and he would work with them to bear down on those. on friday i met with the secretary have teachers. they wanted to help them prepare. the increase in incidence and contributions. i'm looking for to meeting him and i'm sure that's gonna be as he will know. it is providing for the cash increase for every school and every region. it is important that it is helping to bear down on costs that the schools are experiencing and that's exactly what my right honorable friend is doing.
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the industry is in a resurgence. 80% of the vehicles that it produces. as we leave the eu. while they continue to have access. to bring and in components without delays. my honorable friend. indeed a drawing drawing attention to our economy. in the exit provides us with an opportunity to forge a new role for ourselves to have those other trade deals around the world. and that's why we are working with this.
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mister speaker you might have that constituency. i'm sure the prime minister would like to wish them well. more than 800,000 subsidiaries. with the over funding. why is the prime minister allowing this revitalization it could be safely in public hands i think i answered comments about the national health service. this government is committed
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we are putting extra funding into our national health service. it will give us certainty. it remains to the point of delivery. 11-year-old. they are in parliament today. every ethnic group. will the prime minister commit to leading the nationwide voter registration drive. suffering from leukemia. think the right honorable
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friend for raising this issue. and experience and she is doing a lot of work to raise awareness of the lack of information back then. and for the event. and we support efforts to raise awareness and the need to recruit more. in more than 20 million pounds and been divided. and that includes some very specific stipulations. that must be from the background. in specific funding to the port recruitment. of course more needs to be done. i'm sure the prime minister they were watching an event of
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national importance. when it goes to overseas. millions of pounds every year. does that seem like more than enough money in the game. i want to say to the honorable gentlemen. just over five years ago they report and it was published with the instigation of my honorable friend and since then had been major improvements in patient safety but just in relation to county hospital in stafford will they
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congratulate the staff there who have seen a great improvement over the years with the remark we are seeing more patients over 40 now. then we did in 24 hours a day and they are meeting the 95% plus targets. i say to my right honorable friend. we found this report with a very important report. an area of deep concern about what have been happening in the local hospital. can i welcome what he is said about that. and the excellent work that they are doing to provide the patients. with his constituents and others. two groups of ministers.
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is it the in the truth that they don't have a clue about how it might work. thank you. esther speaker. can i paraphrase our former colleague. individual responsibility. in my still a conservative. the prime minister and the opposition. with the elements.
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the leader of the labor opposition. both agreed that we should link leave this single market. and that the public should not have a final say on the brexit deal. with the tradition of political palm scoring. what they think the leadership for their help in support. first of all i'm not so sure about the that position of the labour party. can i just say to him there is nobody that knows more about the party and the point scoring.
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to question the prime minister is much appreciated. prime minister. how are your union negotiations going. they're going with purpose and good intent. negotiated over in brussels this week. and we are determined to deliver at a good brexit to the united kingdom. mental health is now the number one public health concern. it's important up 16 percentage points.
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said that the young people's mental health lacks any ambition and won't fail a generation. they go back to a drawing board. every young person. with the multiple mental health care. i think it something like half of the mental health problems have started before the age of 14. that staff in schools will be trained to better identify mental health problems. and better able to ensure that those young people get the treatment they need. it is important. i would like to think that it's partly because we have
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ensured there's greater awareness on that. the segment -- the stigma attached to mental health. my right honorable friend. with administration that had boyer -- bullied martin spencer. with my right honorable friend. i think it is frankly that.
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they wanted to say part of the united kingdom. thank you mister speaker. they are struggling to cute -- to recruit doctors because of immigration rules. experience pediatric doctors have applied for a visa. what kind of things can the prime minister say. to reassure them that the home office delays worked on the safety and health of their loved ones at this time. we do keep this issue under review in relations to the health services.
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