Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, and the Liberal Democrats have condemned the Tories as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash, after revealing Oxford’s NHS trusts paid £5,670,835 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.
The figures from the Department for Health and Social Care, uncovered by a Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information request, revealed that £607,404,854 worth of interest on outstanding debt was paid by NHS Trusts to the Department for Health and Social Care in the last five years.
According to calculations by the Liberal Democrats, this money could have paid for 22,000 nurses, 13,850 clinical psychologists or 6,700 consultants nationwide.
The same statistics also show that, across the country, the NHS Trusts, which service a local area or specialised function to deliver aspects of healthcare, paid almost £63m of interest on outstanding debt in 2013/2014. In 2017/2018, this dramatically rose to over £205m.
The revelation reinforces concerns from the National Audit Office which warns that “the underlying financial health in some trusts is getting worse”, despite the Government’s commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to “reducing year-on-year the number of trusts and CCGs individually in deficit, so that all NHS organisations are in balance by 2023/24.”
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has tabled a motion in Parliament calling for an end to the IVF postcode lottery.
The motion, published today, says ‘that the Government must hold local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to account and legislate to ensure that access to IVF provision on the NHS is equal across England’.
Layla was inspired by the story and campaigning of her constituent, Emily Scott, whose parliamentary petition calling for an end to the IVF postcode lottery now has over 6,000 signatures.
In Oxfordshire, only one IVF cycle is offered to women under 35. Emily Scott had started her second cycle, and was then presented with a bill for the treatment. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines state that all women under 40 should receive three cycles of treatment, and many other CCGs follow this.
Moran has already secured the signatures of a cross-party group of MPs, including Wantage MP Ed Vaizey and Labour’s Steve McCabe. Lib Dem Health Spokesperson, and former leader, Sir Vince Cable MP has also added his name.
Responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Government’s prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran has said that MPs need to get back to work “as quickly as possible”.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Conservative government’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, and that it was designed to stop Parliament from carrying out its duties.
Lady Hale, the court’s president, said that Parliament was therefore no longer prorogued.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, is supporting Voice Box, an annual joke-telling competition designed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to build schoolchildren’s communication skills. This year’s competition is being run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers.
Layla, who is the Lib Dems’ Shadow Education and Culture Secretary, described the competition as “a brilliant opportunity”, and urged schools to take part.
Over 10% of children start school with some form of language disorder. Undetected speech, language and communication problems can lead to reduced levels of literacy, poor educational attainment, poorer mental health and wellbeing and, in turn, difficulties finding employment, and life chances.
Mainstream and specialist primary schools across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are invited to bring laughter into their classrooms this autumn by taking part in the competition. Schools should hold their joke-telling contests between October and November and then submit their pupil’s funniest joke to the RCSLT by 29 November for a chance to go through to a grand final in London, next year.
The pupil with the ultimate winning joke will receive an iPad mini, while two runners-up will each receive gift tokens.
The RCSLT has developed a toolkit with useful resources, ideas and a nomination form for schools to download via www.rcslt.org/giving-voice
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said she is “delighted” by the news that Oxford University has come first in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings for the fourth year in a row.
The list ranks over 1,300 universities around the world, measuring their international outlook as well as their research and teaching quality.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today responded to the delay in the Department for Transport releasing death and injury statistics for the A34 for 2018, calling the move “concerning”.
Previously, the Department had informed the MP, in response to a written parliamentary question, that the “figures for 2018 are due to be published in summer 2019.”
Answering a more recent question, however, the DfT this week said that “[t]he annual report on reported road casualties for 2018 will be published in September 2019.”
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said that Parliament is “an important step closer” to preventing a disastrous no-deal Brexit, after the House of Commons passed the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill tonight.
The Bill will now be debated in the House of Lords, where peers including Lord Newby, the Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords, are prepared for an all-night sitting.
The Bill provides the means to rule out a no-deal Brexit. If passed, it will ensure that Boris Johnson has to seek an extension if he cannot secure the support of MPs for a withdrawal agreement or leaving the EU without a deal.
Layla Moran has written to Boris Johnson urging him to suspend the controversial Loan Charge before the end of August. The Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon also called for an independent inquiry to be launched, calling it “a desperately unfair situation”.
Layla’s letter comes as MPs from across the political spectrum have been voicing their concerns and asking for a halt to the scheme.
Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has voiced her support for a constituent’s Parliamentary petition calling for an end to the IVF postcode lottery.
The petition, started by Emily Scott, calls for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to “be required to offer the same number of rounds of IVF on the NHS.” Some CCGs, including Oxfordshire’s, do not currently follow the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines, which state that all women under 40 should receive three cycles of IVF treatment.
The Home Office has refused to give detailed responses to repeated parliamentary questions from Lib Dem Layla Moran on the Rough Sleeping Support Service, despite the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon tabling multiple follow-up questions in an effort to receive clarification.
The Rough Sleeping Support Service has recently received national attention for its use of data from homelessness and refugee charities to run immigration checks on rough sleepers. Layla has consistently campaigned for a more compassionate approach to be taken to rough sleeping and homelessness in Oxfordshire and nationwide, having led calls for the Vagrancy Act to be scrapped, and opposing Oxford City Council’s homelessness fines.