Margaret Hodge

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Margaret Hodge is the Labour MP for Barking. She entered Parliament following a by-election in 1994.

Whilst an MP she has been Minister for Children (2001-2005), Minister for Work (2005-2007) and Minister for Culture and Tourism (2007-2008; 2009-2010). In 2010 she was appointed chair of the Public Accounts Committee[1].

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Abortion

In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Margaret Hodge voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[2].

Alternative Medicine

Margaret Hodge is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare.[3]

Homeopathy

In June 2010, Ms Hodge signed Early Day Motion 342: British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy[4] which expressed regret at a number of motions passed at the recent BMA annual representative meeting that "oppose further commissioning and funding of homeopathic remedies in the NHS", and "notes that 140 books have been published on homeopathy and that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that homeopathy is effective".

Pharmaceutical Trial Data/Tamiflu

Margaret Hodge was chair of the Public Accounts Committee for their report "Access to clinical trial information and the stockpiling of Tamiflu", issued January 2014[5]. The summary of the report reads:

The Department of Health (the Department) spent £424 million on stockpiling Tamiflu, an antiviral medicine used in the treatment of influenza, for use in a pandemic, but had to write off £74 million of its Tamiflu stockpile as a result of poor record-keeping by the NHS.
There is a lack of consensus over how well Tamiflu works, in particular whether it reduces complications and mortality. Discussions over this issue among professionals have been hampered because important information about clinical trials is routinely and legally withheld from doctors and researchers by manufacturers. This longstanding regulatory and cultural failure impacts on all of medicine, and undermines the ability of clinicians, researchers and patients to make informed decisions about which treatment is best. There are also concerns about the information made available to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which assesses a medicine's clinical and cost-effectiveness for use in the NHS.[5]

Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma, and co-founder of the AllTrials campaign welcomed the report calling it "a complete vindication of AllTrials’ call for all the results, of all the trials, on all the uses of all currently prescribed treatments".[6]

Science Funding

In October 2010, Ms Hodge signed Early Day Motions 707: Government Funding for UK Science[7], and 767: Science is Vital Campaign[8]. Both motions supported investment in science in the face of cuts anticipated in the coalition government's forthcoming spending review.

References

  1. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/membership/
  2. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/register/integrated-healthcare.htm
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/342
  5. 5.0 5.1 HTML: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpubacc/295/29502.htm
    PDF: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpubacc/295/295.pdf
  6. http://www.badscience.net/2014/01/damning-report-from-the-public-accounts-committee-on-clinical-trial-results-being-withheld/
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/707
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767

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