By Mimi Jones / EnvironmentPress Releases / 0 Comments

Canterbury’s Labour MP Rosie Duffield has this week been appointed onto the House of Commons Select Committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

UK Parliament has this week re-constituted the 11 Select Committees charged with scrutinising the work of government departments.

Commenting on the appointment, Rosie said;

“As we work our way through this Brexit transition period, there are going the be significant amounts of legislation going through Parliament relating to the environmental safeguards and food standards that have developed over the years through our membership of the EU.

The role of the EFRA Committee will be key to Parliament’s scrutiny of the Government’s work in this area and I’m looking forward to using this role to build links with the many businesses in my constituency that are based in the agriculture sector.”

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its associated public bodies

The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry on environmental, agricultural subjects.  Depending on the subject, external deadlines, and the amount of oral evidence the Committee decides to take, an inquiry may last for several months and give rise to a report to the House; other inquiries may simply consist of a single day’s oral evidence which the Committee may publish without making a report.

Rosie stands in Wincheap
Rosie at Wincheap Water Meadows

By Mimi Jones / Latest News / 0 Comments

Today in the Commons chamber I asked Health ministers if they will launch a public inquiry into reports regarding maternity care at our local NHS Trust, made in follow up to my letter to Matt Hancock yesterday (see below).

The government declined to respond to my particular point about a public inquiry – but here’s what we learnt as a result of my Q in the chamber today:

-Both the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) have been asked to report to the government within two weeks

-To date, the HSIB has run 26 investigations into maternity care at the Trust, but we don’t yet know what timescale these cases relate to.

In my view, the CQC report should also include an assessment of whether any failures identified at East Kent are likely to extend beyond this Trust, so that improvements can be rolled out nationally if such a need is identified.

Ultimately, this must result in a turning point for standards of maternity services in East Kent. As part of my ongoing work representing the concerns constituents have raised with me in recent days on this, I will continue to follow the issue closely and keep you updated.