tv British Prime Ministers Questions CSPAN November 28, 2016 12:04am-12:51am EST
hide 22 billion pounds of cuts from our service according to research by the vma. that risks starving services and patient the vital care. that comes from dr. porter of the bma. mess, isthe process a he wrong? the national health service is indeed looking for savings within the nhs which will be reinvested in the nhs. is, it is this government that is providing, not just a billion of extra funding the nhs requested, but 10 billion and a funding -- in extra funding requested and sustainability and transmission plans have been developed on the levels in the interest of local people by local commissions. >> hear! >> it is very strange the prime minister should say that, mr. speaker because the committee shared by our honorable friend
says it is actually 4.5 billion, not 10 billion. that is quite a big difference. mr. speaker, part of the reason for the strain on our national health services is that more than one million people are not receiving the social care that they need. mr. corbyn: as a result of this, there has been an increase in emergency admissions for older patients. margaret wrote to me this week saying, "it is not funny," -- [crosstalk] mr. corbyn: she described how her 89-year-old mother suffered two falls, leading to hospital admissions due to lack of care. she went on to say, "my mother is worth more than this." what action will the prime minister take to stop the neglect of older people which ends up forcing them to take a&e admissions?
when they should be cared for at home or in a care home? pm may: of course social care is an area of concern and social care is a key issue for many people. that is why the government has introduced better care fund and why the government -- government has introduced the social care for authorities. and we are encouraging working together at the health service and local authorities to deal with precisely the issues he has raised on social care. i will just say this to the right honorable gentleman. we have introduced a social care precept. let us look at what labor did in their 13 years. [crosstalk] pm may: 13 years and they did nothing. >> hear! they said they sorted it in 2007
and again in 2009, 13 years and they did nothing. >> mr. speaker, as the prime minister well knows, health spending tripled under the labor government. and the level of dissatisfaction -- satisfaction with the national health service were the highest ever in 2010. this government's choice was to cut social care by 4.6 billion pounds in the last parliament. at the same time, they found the space to cut billions in corporate taxation bills. that means, it is affecting patients leaving hospitals as well. in the last four years, the number of patients unable to be transferred from a hospital due to the lack of adequate social
care has increased by one third. will the prime minister ensure her government guarantees all of our elderly people the dignity they deserve? >> hear! pm may: i recognize the importance of caring for elderly people and providing them with the dignity they deserve. he says of this government has done nothing on social care. i repeat we have introduced a , social care precept that is being made by authorities and local authorities and we have introduced the better care fund. if he talks about support for elderly people, i would remind him which government is it that has put the triple lock in place? it has ensured the largest increase in pensions for elderly people. >> hear! mr. corbyn: the precept is a drop in the ocean compared to what is necessary for social care. to give you an example, mr. speaker, the whole house i am sure would be appalled by the
revelations in the "bbc panorama" program this week showing all of the people systematically mistreated. the care quality commission's assessment that care homes run by the morley group requiring improvement. the commission goes on to say the owner has allowed services to deteriorate further and has "utterly neglected the duty of care to the residents of these homes." what action is her government going to take to protect the residents of those homes? pm may: the right honorable gentleman raises the issue of the quality of care that is provided in homes and the way in which elderly people are treated. i am sure everybody is appalled when we the examples of poor and terrible treatment that is given
to elderly and vulnerable people in care homes. what we do about it is ensure that we have the -- to step in and take action and has powers to make sure nobody, nobody in the chain of responsibility is immune from legal accountability, but we know there is more that can be done. cqc is why the sea qc -- looking into ways that it can look into its processes, increase efficiency. my honorable friend, the minister for community health and care, is going to be writing to the cqc shortly to see if we can improve what they do. it is the cqc that deals with these issues. we have that in place is there , more we can do? yes, and we are doing it. mr. corbyn: that home was understaffed and we should not be blaming underpaid and hard pressed workers, we should be ensuring there are enough of them properly paid and all of the comes. there was a serious problem of understaffing and it was a last , labor government that established the cqc. it is insufficient, we need stronger action than that.
yesterday, mr. speaker, the government proposed that patients may have to show passports or other id to access nonemergency health care. has the government considered that the impact of this on elderly people? the last census showed up nine -- showed up to 9.5 million people in the country do not have passports a? rather than disguising the argument, can you provide the nhs and social care with the money it needs to provide care for the people in these two support? pm may: over the course of this parliament, the government will be spending half a trillion pounds on the national health service. >> hear! pm may: the right honorable a gentleman asks about a process to ensure people who are receiving nhs treatment are entitled to receive that. for many years, there has been a concern about health tourism, about people turning up in the u.k., accessing health services
and not paying for them. , we want to make sure that those who are entitled to use the services are indeed able to see those at the point of delivery, but we deal with health tourism and those who , should be paying for the use of our health services. >> mr. corbyn! >> simon stevens said two weeks ago, the next three years going to be toughest ever for nhs funding and 2018 would see a cut for the first time ever in this country. the in aol reported that the cost of health tourism is over 100 times less than the 22 billions of cuts the nhs is facing from his government. the reality is, under the government there are 6000 fewer , mental health nurses. a record 3.9 million people on nhs waiting lists, all of us who &e departments
know the wait times are getting longer and longer and there are one million people in this country not receiving the social care they need. instead of looking for excuses and scapegoats, shouldn't the prime minister be ensuring that health and social care are funded? and at the stresses placed not on our very hard-working nhs and social care staff? [hear!] pm may: billions of pounds extra into social care through the social care precept and the better care fund. half a trillion pounds being spent on the national health service. a record level of investment in mental health and the national health service. >> order! members must not attempt to shut down the prime minister. the question has been asked and heard and the answer must be
heard. the prime minister. pm may: it is a fundamental point the right honorable gentleman refrains from engine -- from mentioning this we can , only afford to pay for the national health service and social care if we have a strong economy creating wealth. >> hear! pm may: that is precisely what he will he or from the chancellor of the exchequer. >> order. thank you mr. speaker, on the 23rd of june, my constituents voted by a margin of 62% to 38% to leave the european union. >> hear! >> many of those people are unhappy and frustrated at what they see a delaying tactics by not seeminders who do to understand the meaning of the word democracy. >> order. this is very discourteous.
the honorable gentleman has a question. every question should be fully and with politeness heard. the honorable gentleman. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i will repeat it. [laughter] >> they don't seem to understand the meaning of the word "democracy" which i would remind them, is government by the people the rule of the majority. , with that in mind, can my right honorable friend give my -- what reassurance can my right honorable friend give me in my constituents that we will be done by the end of march next year? pm may: my honorable friend, it is absolutely right to make the key point, a referendum was decided by this parliament, 6-1, the people should have the opportunity to vote on the membership of the european union. the turnout was high. the public gave their verdict.
there must be no second referendum, no attempt to weasel out of this. this is the government that will deliver on the vote of the british people. >> robertson? benches havee repeatedly brought up the devastating impact on disabled people from the u.k. benefits system. the government plans to cut support for people with long-term health difficulties by 30 pounds a week. last week, my colleague, he proposed a motion which was passed by this house with support from both labour and conservative members for these cuts to be postponed. will the prime minister act on the vote of this house? >> hear! pm may: thank you, right honorable gentleman. what we have been doing in relation to benefits for disabled people, the overall funding for disability benefits will be higher in every year up to 2020 as it was up to we have 2010. been focusing support on those who most need it. and those who were not able to get into the workplace. for those who are able at some
stage to get into the workplace, we have been providing a wider package of support. i am pleased to say that over the last three years, nearly 600,000 more disabled people are now in the workplace with the dignity of having a job, which is what many people would -- with disabilities want to have. we are focusing help on those it and helping those with his abilities who want to get into the workplace -- disabilities who want to get into the workplace to do that. >> the prime minister will make changes impacting on benefits recipients in work. will the prime minister confirm that she has no intention of helping people with disabilities and medical conditions? why should people who are unable to earn a living be punished for their disability or illness by losing 30 pounds a week? does she have any intention of changing that? pm may: i have just set out the ways in which we are providing support and help for those people, people who have disabilities. as i said, the overall funding,
spending on disability benefits will be higher in every year to 2020 than it was in 2010. it is important to recognize when we give support for people with disabilities, it is not simply about the benefit system and how much money they are given. for those who are able to get into work and on that part of the esa, we provide benefits as well because we recognize people want the dignity of getting into the workplace. that is what we are helping people with disabilities who can work to do. >> hear! simon byrne. >> will my right honorable friend agree that thousands of road commuters including many of , my constituents use the a-12 are on roads that need to be repaired and upgraded. to improve daily commute times,
would my right honorable friend expect the proposed 1.3 billion pounds investment and improving our road network is warmly welcomed and will do a great deal to enhance productivity? pm may: my honorable friend is absolutely right. the importance of it infrastructure expenditure in helping to deal with the issue of productivity in our economy, and i am pleased about 1.3 billion for new roads shows us -- that shows the investing in the long-term fure for britain. it will be about delivering jobs and economic growth. it is about making sure that this is an economy that works for everyone. it is just one part of the package that we are proposing but of course, my right , honorable friend, the chancellor will be setting , proposals out more clearly in a few minutes time. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my constituent is in prison in iran.
matalin, she has been separated from her husband and two-year-old daughter for eight months now. she has been on hunger strike and is now suicidal. the prime minister needs to reunite this mother and daughter, this wife with her family. mr. speaker, will it take her death for the government to start taking her seriously? >> hear! pm may: obviously, this is a very difficult time for the whole family. i'm sure they're all concerned about the reports of the impact the detention is having on her health as she is in detention in iran. this is an issue that has been repeatedly raised by the government. both the previous foreign secretary and current personally raised it with the president requesting confirmation of the
charges. i have also written requesting the sentence in the appeals process that nazanin zaghari-ratcliffe will continue to be in contact with her family. we will continue to do everything we can for the family, including the british government remaining ready to help bring mrs. her daughter back -- ringing her daughter back -- bringing her daughter back. >> do you agree that most of our social problems are either caused or aggravated by the acute shortage of housing. even if, as i hope we managed to , reduce the net immigrations in this country, we'll have to build far more new homes. isn't the recommendation by the european banking authority to increase by 50% the reserve banks must hold against
housebuilding, making it even more costly for them to lend for housing then for unsecured , credit cards, profoundly unhelpful and perverse. >> hear! pm may: i hope my right honorable friend will recognize that we are subject to our own regulation authorities. the point he makes about house building is correct. we do need to build more homes. that is something we have been doing. we have seen something like 900,000 new homes being built since 2010. there is more for us to do and that is what this government is working on. >> the brexit and foreign secretary are described by a politician as having no idea what brexit really means. the time before today the eu ambassador since the foreign more colorful outbursts are damaging our relationships. when is the prime minister going
to come to grip on her ministers and when is she going to demonstrate to the country and to our eu colleagues that she has a coherent, workable plan for brexit? >> hear! pm may: i have been clear on many occasions. crucially we will be leaving the , european union, and we will be triggering article 50 by the end of march next year. that is in the formal negotiations start. it is right that we do not set out at this stage, every single detail of the proposed negotiating strategy because that would be the best way to get the worst possible deal for britain. >> hear! >> as we leave the european union, maintaining the u.k.'s cutting edge and world leadership in scientific and technological discovery is of paramount importance to our industries and universities. can i welcome the prime minister's announcement that each year we will invest a
further 2 billion in research and development. isn't this just the type of vital support our businesses and researchers need, rather than the threat from the labour party, to slash the r&d tax credit? that would hamper innovation and harm the economy. >> hear! pm may: my right honorable friend is absolutely right. the extra investment we will be putting into research and development is a crucial part of the long-term task we have of ensuring that we have the economy and the growth and prosperity in this country that we need. the new funds will be able to put us in the cutting edge of scientific discovery, which i saw for myself we are already doing this. i was at the welcome genome campus at cambridge on monday, able to see the really exciting, really transformational work that is being done coming out of , the knowledge base and scientific research here in the united kingdom. we want to see more of that and that is why we will be
reinvesting in it. >> thank you, mr. speaker. aleppo's hospitals are destroyed. syrians who avoid the bombs are starving. we must do more. will she revisit the prospect for aid drop? will she look of backing the campaign to stop this daily perpetrator of war crime, a stripping them of their right to hold the 2018 world cup? >> hear! pm may: the honorable gentleman is right to raise the issue of the appalling atrocities taking place in aleppo and it is right that we, along with our international allies, should be doing all we can to bring this to a stop. he will recognize the issue of who hosts sporting events is not in the government's remit. in our remit, what we
are doing is working with our international allies to put more pressure on russia to stop the appalling atrocities, the appalling attacks taking place in aleppo. what we want to see is an agreement for political transition to a syria without president assad. >> does my rightful friend agree that if the u.k. is to remain competitive, and our citizens are to enjoy the benefits of the digital revolution, it is essential that we should be at the forefront of deployment of both ultrafast broadband and five g mobile connectivity? can i therefore welcome the announcement which we are led to believe may be made shortly of a one billion pound investment to achieve this? >> hear! pm may: well, my right honorable friend would of course be waiting in anticipation of my right honorable friend, the chancellor, autumn statement. he is absolutely right. as we look at improving connectivity in the country, as we look to the economy of the future the provision of that , superfast broadband, the
provision of those new technological opportunities for people is absolutely a crucial part of that and something the government recognizes and will act on. >> polly lynch. >> thank you, mr. speaker. one day last week, four police officers in my constituency were assaulted in a single 24-hour period. over 23,000 assaults on a police officer last year. what will the prime minister due to ensure the protections are in place to protect these officers. pm may: can i send our best wishes to those people who were assaulted in her constituency last week. it is important that we recognize when peace officers go out on duty and indeed for many off-duty, they sometimes find themselves intervening in situations where they find themselves on the receiving end of assaults and violence against them as they are going forward
in the mind of duty where others -- line of duty, where others are not. we recognize that. we are looking -- one of the things we want to do is identify the number of assaults taking place. that is why last year we issued provisional figures. we are improving those figures this year. sentencing guidelines allow for an assault on a police officer to be taken as an aggravating factor into account, but also new developments like the body-worn videos provide evidence that in sure people can be brought to justice and actually deter assaults in the first place. >> the level of acute hospital bed blocking, does she agree with me that part of the solution is to promote community hospital beds where they still exist in places like salisbury as part of the planning process? pm may: as regards the process,
-- to the process that will take , place at local level and be at local levels. these will be considered by local clinicians. the concept of being able to deal with that blocking is right . it are good examples around the country where having those step down beds available is actually resolving the problem. there are other ways in which it is being done, other parts of the country where social workers are being employed by hospital trusts, for example. it is good to recognize the good practice when it is being done. we should see more across the country. lawyerier this month, a confess to the bbc that he took part in gun attacks, and robberies that murdered british soldiers. he said that he would never disclose information on another fellow, despite knowing details of ira actions.
kenny prime minister assured me that the government will apply these requests? >> the question as to whether or not an individual would be extradited or a request for extradition would be appropriate? the honorableto gentleman is that we do of course recognize the concerns for those cases where it is still possible to bring people to justice, obviously we want to see that being done. >> mr. speaker, during the last six years we have seen referendums with varying degrees of excitement, with the prime and esther agree that you can have too much excitement -- would the prime minister agree with me that you can have too much excitement? >> my honorable friend is trying
-- one thing i will certainly rule out is a second referendum on whether or not we relieve the union -- we leave the european union. speaker, people have launched financial appeals because of the increasing numbers of people that are homeless as a result of the pursuit of austerity. how can the prime minister sleep in her warm bed at night knowing the government policies have assigned people to a cold christmas. >> the government is taking action to address homelessness. one key thing we need to do is to ensure that we see more homes built. i say this to the honorable lady, she talks about austerity, in a sort of tone, austerity is about living within our means. we should always remember, we should always remember and we
are talking about government providing support the taxpayers have to pay for that. many taxpayers are themselves struggling to get back. -- by. >> thank you. the prime minister will be aware that yesterday a task force launched a report commissioned following storms. this time it suffered from flooding. do she welcomed the report? does she envision the government committing to the outlines? >> can i suggest the gentleman exercises patience. -- times wese uncertain can all agree that britain needs strong defense. happily prime minister justify the scrapping of the heavyweight navy services without
replacement? >> i do not recognize the picture presented. we are investing billions of pounds in ensuring the armed forces do have the missiles, boats, ships, and the other pieces of equipment for the other armed forces. the picture he presents is not the picture i recognize. would my right honorable friend agreed that it would be good for confidence in the role enter if judges did not into speculative public thoughts on cases they are about to hear? value in this country the independence of our judiciary, the independence when they come to make their judgment in court, but also they are independent
and it is for them to determine what they choose to put in their speeches or not, not the government. as millions of public sectors workers face another year of suppressed pay, after another week of shambolic brexit negotiation, and the national health service facing a winter crisis and crying out for cash -- should be prime minister worried that the government is just about managing? -- of the prime minister worry that the government is just about managing? >> i have to say that we are very clear about the amount of money we are putting into the national health service. the negotiations for as leaving the european union do not start until we trigger article 50. we will trigger that by the end of march next year.
what the right honorable gentleman wants to do is to stop us from leaving the union by denying the people the decision and the deliverability of the vote they took rightly on the 23rd of june. he wants to deny people what they want, we are going to give it to them. may i raise the concerns of drivers across the u.k. who worry about the cost of driving, the cost of fuel? will the government look at keeping that down? -- how itricing changes? people lookze many suggest that he is more patient and wait for the chancellor's autumn statement. >> the prime minister has talked about her worries for social
care, but surely we have to judge her by her actions. in the last six years, there has been a 37% on a bridge cut in local authority funding. all of thoseter of older people in need of social scare -- care have been denied help. what is she going to do? >> she may have noticed i have been asked several questions about social care and i will that i havewer given previously. what the government is doing about social care is putting more money into the better care fund, giving local authorities the opportunity with the social care precept and making sure that health and social care come together to ensure we deal with the issue of bed blocking. many of us would charge into a darkened store at night knowing that inside were three
mask wearing thugs trying to rob it? my two constituents did just that. by intervening the thugs fled, leaving money. the staff was hurt. one gentleman was hurt. will my friends join me in praising the selflessness and the six-run area -- in this extraordinary act. -- i absolutely agree. i commend the bravery and courage shown by those two individuals. ensure it wasn to not as bad as it might have been. that is brave. there are many people who would not be willing to do that. my best wishes and i'm sure the whole house.
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addiction, this is one hour and 20 minutes. sally: welcome. as we know from reading the basisnes on a near daily there is news of the fact that america has a big drug problem. the fact that overdoses from opiates, overdose deaths from heroin and narcotics are now the number one cause of accidental death in the country. what can policy do about this? what can policymakers do? that is what we are here to discuss. i am joined, very honored to be joined by three very esteemed individuals.
i think you know them all. i am going to introduce them. , former speaker of the u.s. house of representatives. throughout his political life he has worked to help foster a health system that provides utter care at lower cost. -- at lower costs. patrick represented the state of rhode island and the house of representatives, he took a lead role in 2008 legislation that established coverage for mental health and addiction problems. last year he published a book called "a common struggle." it is part autobiography and part blueprint for reform. the former adviser to president obama, he went on to do many things including establishing drink or, -- establishing dream core dedicated to prison reform. in 2009 "time" named him man of
mostear and one of times intellectual people. all three are founding members of a new group called advocates for opioid recovery. i will be asking questions about how policy can promote recovery. afterwards we will take questions from viewers online and you and the audience. -- in the audience. meirst want to begin, excuse , with a little overview of the [indiscernible] sally: as you can see, i hope you can see, clearly there has been a fourfold increase in the number of deaths from overdose
-- narcotics or heroine. is line with the red prescription narcotics. the purple triangles are from heroin. as far as the number of people addicted to heroin and pills, it is actually very hard to get good numbers, but the numbers people read about are about 2.5 million people misuse narcotic pills. i'm talking about vicodin, oxycontin, percocet type pills. people useillion heroin. that is higher than the numbers you see from the cdc, as you can imagine a lot of those people are not amenable to the survey. another important part of the slide is that 80% of the people now using heroin started with pills.
they started with painkillers. that was not true in the 1960's or 1970's, but it is true now. who is the subset? these are folks who have misused painkillers. some people have gone on to use heroin, not everyone who uses pain killers uses heroine, but those who misuse it -- the risk factors tend to be having a prior history of substance abuse or having a current history of major discussion -- depression or alcohol problems. that is important to keep in mind. p -- the next slide -- i am going to go quickly. it shows you the kinds of narcotics,, opiates, that have been prescribed since 1996 to the end of 2004. there are two points -- you can
see across -- the oxycodone types, percocet is the most common, the green is hydrocodone. most people know that is vicodin. medications,ther tramadol and things like that. interestingly, the red on the bottom, that is oxycontin. even though it has gone to play a role, a lesser role after it was reformulated and became harder to crash in 2010, -- crush in 2010, the actual amount of oxycontin is modest. slidecond point of the that is important is the fact it is dipping off. doctors are prescribing fewer pills. that is because there has been so much attention to this. hopefully better training in how to deal with pain, but we are just beginning that education.