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Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and we celebrate all the phenomenal staff who keep the NHS running day in, day out, and we thank them for their hard work.

On Saturday I was delighted to take part in the NHS march in London and it was great to meet so many people who all care passionately about our most treasured national institution.

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Yesterday in parliament I also had the pleasure of meeting Clair and Natalie from Pennine Acute’s Community Tissue Viability Services who have won the #NHS70 award for Person-Centred Care.

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It is the responsibility of each and every one of us who cares about the NHS to defend the principles on which it was created by a Labour government 70 years ago - publicly owned and democratically accountable universal healthcare, free at the point of use for everyone regardless of wealth or background.

Here's to another 70 years, and many more beyond that. #OurNHS70

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Happy birthday NHS!

Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and we celebrate all the phenomenal staff who keep the NHS running day in, day out, and we thank them...

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I recently met in parliament with people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to hear about the impact of the disability benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

It was shocking to hear about the devastating consequences PIP’s 20 metre rule is having on people with MS.

According to new research by the MS Society, the 20 metre rule is causing people with MS lose support at an alarming rate. The charity has calculated benefit cuts to people with MS are also costing the NHS at least an additional £7.7 million a year in GP and A&E services.

Under the previous benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), people who couldn’t walk more than 50 metres were eligible for the higher rate of mobility support. But under PIP that measure has been reduced to 20 metres. 94% of people with MS who were receiving DLA were getting the higher rate of mobility support, but under PIP this has fallen to just 66%.

The 20 metre rule has been strongly opposed by charities, people with MS and medical professionals since it was first introduced, and the Government have never provided any sort of evidence for how it actually helps those who need support the most.

Enough is enough; PIP needs to change, starting with the Government scrapping the 20 metre rule.

The MS Society have produced a video which highlights the impact of the 20m rule. Watch it here - https://youtu.be/9zYUdja4DL8 -  and find out more at mssociety.org.uk/scrap20mrule

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Scrap the 20m PIP rule NOW

I recently met in parliament with people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) to hear about the impact of the disability benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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Liz McInnes joined the crowds on Saturday as Heywood celebrated 1940s weekend.

The annual celebration is now in its 7th year and was bigger and better than ever.

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Liz McInnes MP says: “This event is always a special occasion, and this weekend was no different. I was delighted to join the many shop workers and residents in 1940s style dress and to see the terrific community spirit on display.

I’d like to thank all those volunteers who worked so hard to organise the many fantastic events which took place, and I congratulate them on helping to bring the community together. It was a resounding success and I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!”

Click here to read more about the Heywood 1940s weekend

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Liz joins crowds at Heywood 1940s weekend

Liz McInnes joined the crowds on Saturday as Heywood celebrated 1940s weekend.

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