Over the next 5 weeks the Health Foundation will be launching a short film each week about quality improvement in the NHS.  This film (Pills) was chosen to be launched first.  Please click on this link to watch it:-

The film illustrates the importance of shared decision making with respect to medicines.  The learning can and should be applied to all clinical settings.

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Opening Eyes

Mary pledges to support media literacy education.

Mary signed a pledge in Westminster to promote media literacy skills amongst young people in our area.

At an exhibition held in the Houses of Parliament this week, which highlighted the media literacy programme, Media Smart, xx MP signed up to a campaign to promote the importance of young people and their parents understanding advertising and the commercial world in which they grow up.

Mary Said “Our young people grow up in a world surrounded by advertising. This can be creative and inspiring, but it is really important for children to be able to understand exactly what is being suggested, promised and sold. Media Smart provides excellent, free teaching resources which helps them to think critically about these issues, as showcased by this exhibition. I will be writing to headteachers in our area to draw their attention to the resources for possible use in our schools.”

Labour Group Supports #ImaFeminist


Mary to Champion Life Saving Drugs Bill in Parliament

Mary has vowed to help pass a new Bill through parliament that could benefit hundreds of thousands of patients across the UK.

The Off-patent Drugs Bill, supported by Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, is designed to address the problem of making drugs that have fallen out of patent, but have since proved effective for clinical uses outside of their original licence, routinely available on the NHS.

Breast Cancer Now is championing the Bill as, among its other benefits, it would improve access to two types of breast cancer drug; one which can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer developing; and another which can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading from the breast to the bone, at which point it becomes incurable.

[Insert name] joins MPs across the country pledging to attend the second reading of the Bill on the 6th November 2015 and take it a step closer to passing into law.

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Make Your Mark

Members of Parliament (with 12 Government/Opposition Ministers) are due to back the launch of the Make Your Mark campaign outside Parliament. Minister for Youth, Rob Wilson MP and Interim Leader of the Opposition, Harriet Harman MP are among some of the MPs due to attend our Parliament launch. This follows our initial launch appealing to young people (aged 11-18 years old) to take part in  ‘Make Your Mark’  its annual ballot of young people living in the UK. The ballot will contain 10 policies voted for by Members of Youth Parliament including poverty, mental health, curriculum, climate change and votes at 16 (for full list see notes) and have reflected their election pledges in local elections across the UK. The campaign will see Members and Volunteer Campaigners across the country, inviting young people in schools and youth clubs to take this opportunity to have their say to Government and society.

The photo call, which will see Members of Parliament taking part before and after our first Prime Ministers Questions of the term will take place on College Green, Westminster between 9am and 3pm with peaks at 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:45pm and 1.30pm.

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Mary Pledges Support for Arrhythmia Alliance

MP Pledges Support for Arrhythmia Alliance’s ‘Now is the Time’ Manifesto

About 250 people are likely any day to be struck down by sudden cardiac arrest but fewer than 20 will survive, according to North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

Mary Glindon, who has pledged to work with the Arrhythmia Alliance to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) as the UK's leading killer, said: 'In many other places across the world more than 100 of these people would survive. Death can happen in seconds and strike anyone, at any time, any age, without warning. Unless treated immediately by CPR and defibrillation this always leads to death within minutes.”

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Mary Calls On Insurers to Stop Ripping Off North Tyneside Drivers

Research shows insurers are automatically renewing policies of thousands of drivers in North Tyneside North Tyneside

drivers could save £1.9 million by not being auto-renewed

Mary Glindon MP calls on insurers to stop the auto-renewal rip-off

With the Financial Conduct Authority set to report within weeks on the use of auto-renewals in the motor insurance market, Mary Glindon MP is taking action to save North Tyneside drivers £1,938,174 1 on their car insurance.

Research by price comparison website MoneySuperMarket found auto-renewal of car insurance policies is costing UK drivers £1.3 billion2, and that practices used by many insurers make it harder for consumers to get a better deal. Mary Glindon MP is calling on the regulator to require insurers to clearly ask consumers whether they want to opt-in to auto-renewal when they first buy their policy.

MoneySuperMarket’s report shines a light on the poor practices of insurers, revealing that people often have no idea that they’re agreeing to auto-renewal when they first buy their policy, and would have no way of opting out even if they did. When renewal time arrives, the letter or email they get from their insurer can be confusing and misleading, and even conceal significant changes to their policy.

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Supporting patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU)

1st October was World Urticaria Day and I am delighted to be supporting the introduction of a new App that will help patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU) manage their condition.  SymTrac™ HIVES is a free iPhone App that enables people to track the severity of symptoms and the impact on their life over time. The data recorded can be viewed in easy-to-read progress trackers and shared with healthcare professionals to enhance consultation time and support decision making. Funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd and co-developed with a leading national charity, Allergy UK, SymTrac™ HIVES allows users to make the most of their vital consultation time by providing a clear picture of how their symptoms have changed since their last appointment.

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The History of Parliament