Catherine takes Batten Disease campaign to Health Secretary

Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell, met yesterday evening with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, to press him to ensure that an innovative treatment for CLN2 Batten Disease can be made available to patients on the NHS. She was joined at the meeting by her Throckley constituents, the Rich family, … Continue reading Catherine takes Batten Disease campaign to Health Secretary

When the Levy breaks

Catherine recently had this article published on Comment Central in her capacity as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships. It’s now two years since the Apprenticeship Levy – the Government’s flagship policy for boosting the number of apprenticeships being created and delivered – came into force. Launched with the aims of creating long-term … Continue reading When the Levy breaks

Newcastle MP backs call for PM to end cystic fibrosis wait

Exactly one year ago since Theresa May told Parliament she wanted a ‘speedy resolution’ to negotiations about access to lifesaving cystic fibrosis drugs, Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell has backed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Government ‘to settle this desperate situation’. The joint letter also calls on the Prime Minister … Continue reading Newcastle MP backs call for PM to end cystic fibrosis wait

MP Catherine demands better access to NHS services for BSL users

Catherine McKinnell MP has today demanded better access to healthcare services, treatment and information for users of British Sign Language (BSL). Speaking during a Parliamentary debate she secured on ‘access to NHS Services for BSL users’, the Newcastle North MP shared the wide range of concerns that have been raised with her by constituents and … Continue reading MP Catherine demands better access to NHS services for BSL users

BSL users must be able to access the healthcare they need

This article was originally published on PoliticsHome, ahead of a Westminster Hall debate Catherine secured on ‘Access to NHS services for BSL users’. Shortly before the 2015 General Election I attended a hustings for Newcastle’s deaf community organised by the charity, Deaflink North East. This followed a previous discussion hosted by another local organisation, Becoming … Continue reading BSL users must be able to access the healthcare they need