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November Update: Health and Pharmaceuticals

27 October 2017

Arguably the busiest time of the political year, November sees MPs and peers alike hard at work across a range of policy areas, with legislation and Committee business in full swing, and the return of the traditional Autumn Budget on 22 November.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May and her party leadership are battling the Brexit stormclouds in a bid to bring reassurance after ominous warnings from business during the party conference season.

Here, John Chilvers, DeHavilland's Monitoring Consultant for Health and Pharmaceuticals policy, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this November.

What's on the agenda this month

by John Chilvers, Monitoring Consultant

With the winter weather taking effect as we move into the colder months, there are concerns within the NHS about its capacity to cope with the expected increased demand on services.

NHS Providers, the body representing NHS trusts, has expressed its fear that hospitals are already "dangerously short" of beds and will therefore be unable to cope with higher patient numbers.

Meanwhile, in Parliament, the coming month will see the progression of Labour MP Chris Bryant’s Private Member's Bill, which aims to give higher sentences to those who have assaulted emergency workers.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill will double the maximum sentence for common assault from six months to a year if the crime is committed against an emergency worker while on duty.

Having received Government support, the Bill is likely to face a smooth ride through the Commons.

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John Chilvers, Monitoring Consultant
John Chilvers
Monitoring Consultant

John Chilvers is the dedicated Monitoring Consultant for DeHavilland's Health and Pharmaceuticals clients. John graduated with a BA Politics from Exeter University where he worked for the local MP supporting General Election campaigning.