With Parliament returning from Easter recess on the 16th April, a number of key political moments are set to impact Pharma and Health policy this month. Here, Daniel Shaw-Stewart, DeHavilland's Health Consultant gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this April.
What's on the agenda this month
by Daniel Shaw-Stewart, Monitoring Consultant
The Homelessness (End of Life Care) Bill 2017-19 is due to have its second reading at the end of April. The aim of the Private Members Bill is to make provision about end of life care and support for homeless people with terminal illnesses.
In addition, Harlow MP Robert Halfon’s Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition) is set to gather legislative momentum as the bill reaches its Second Reading. The Bill aims to prohibit charging for car parking at NHS hospitals for patients, staff and visitors; and for connected purposes. Mr Halfon’s Private Members Bill has generated political traction, and is set to have a contentious passage through Parliament.
In addition, Christopher Chope’s Prime Members Bill on exempting electronic cigarettes from UK law as derived from the Tobacco Products Directive is also scheduled to have its Second Reading on the 27th April.
Meanwhile, the Health and Social Care Committee has inherited its predecessor’s work examining the government’s work to tackle and reduce the levels of childhood obesity. The Committee’s deadline for evidence submissions is early April, with further statements from the committee expected shortly.
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Daniel serves as Monitoring Consultant for DeHavilland's UK Health clients. He has previously worked at MHP Communications in its Corporate Affairs Team, and at the BBC during the 2015 General Election as a Production Assistant. He read History and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.