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Hepatitis_C.jpegPhillipson: "Failing to diagnose and treat patients sooner is costing the NHS millions every year"

Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has called for greater awareness of the symptoms of Hepatitis C ahead of World Hepatitis Day (Monday 28th July 2014) as research highlights delays in diagnosis and treatment costs the NHS millions.

Between £15 million and £22 million in NHS year 2011-2012 is estimated by the Hepatitis C Trust to be the cost of non-elective in-patient admissions to hospital including both long and short says due to insufficient diagnoses and treatment. Every year, more and more people are infected without noticing the symptoms.

According to estimates by the Hepatitis C Trust there are 6,773 people living with the disease in the north east. Up to half of these are suspected of being undiagnosed.

In most cases of chronic hepatitis C infection, the external warnings signs are absent, mild, or more

commonly non-specific flu-like symptoms. Hep C is treatable and early stages of liver damage can be reversed.

Bridget Phillipson MP said:

"Hepatitis C can be confused with many other illnesses, that’s why its so important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms so that people can receive treatment and support as soon as possible."

 

 

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Local MP echoes Hepatitis C Trust warning of the cost of complacency ahead of World Hepatitis day

Phillipson: "Failing to diagnose and treat patients sooner is costing the NHS millions every year" Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has called for greater awareness of the symptoms...

Big_Bus_Campaign(300x154).pngA report by the Transport Select Committee has praised the work of Nexus in paving the way to introduce the country’s first re-regulated bus network outside of London since 1980s.

The Committee concluded:

"We welcome the initiative shown by Nexus in introducing its draft Quality Contract in Tyne and Wear. Given that no Quality Contract has yet been agreed using the powers in the Local Transport Act 2008,

this will be an important test case in determining whether Quality Contracts are a viable means by which to deliver bus services." Transport Select Committee, Passenger transport in isolated communities (14th July 2014) p.19 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmtran/288/288.pdf

Commenting on the Committee’s report, Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson said:

"A Quality Contract Scheme is the only way to bring around long lasting change in our transport network.

"The Select Committee recognised the importance of bus networks to communities where there is no access to other forms of public transport. Their report is an endorsement of the work of Nexus and the new transport authority – work that must continue.

"I call on bus operators to recognise the futility of their argument and to work to introduce a scheme that supports growth in bus transport as well as prioritising high levels of service to passengers."

Transport Select Committee welcomes Tyne and Wear bus regulation plans

A report by the Transport Select Committee has praised the work of Nexus in paving the way to introduce the country’s first re-regulated bus network outside of London since 1980s....

Bridget_Phillipson_at_coffee_morning_July_2014.jpgOn 11th July, Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, held the fourth in her Coffee Morning series on Anti-Social Behaviour and local policing. The event saw over 40 local residents attend to discuss crime, policing and anti-social behaviour in and around the Houghton area.

Also present were Inspector Lisa Musgrove and Sergeant Andy Taylor who were able to speak directly to residents about local issues and what the police can do to help.

Speaking after the event, Bridget said:

“I am delighted that so many people from the local community have come out to express their views on the very important issues of policing and anti-social behaviour.

"Today, we had over forty local people coming together at a lively event to share their experiences. It is hugely important that residents and the police work together to make sure that the response to anti-social behaviour is as effective as possible.

"I will continue to hold my coffee mornings across the constituency to make sure that every one of my constituents has an opportunity to make their voice heard on this issue and can also ask about any aspect of my work in Parliament and the local area.”

The next coffee morning in the series will be in September, when Bridget and a member of the local community policing team will again hear residents’ views. If you would like to attend the next event, please email Bridget through the ‘Contact Bridget’ page of this website, or ring the constituency office on 0191 385 7994.

Bridget holds Coffee Morning in Houghton

On 11th July, Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, held the fourth in her Coffee Morning series on Anti-Social Behaviour and local policing. The event saw...


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