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Staffing reductions at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

EDM (Early Day Motion) 479: tabled on 22 September 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House acknowledges the work and dedication of staff employed across the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); notes that the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supports innovations through research and development; is aware that the MHRA has three centres employing almost 1,200 staff and has numerous vital responsibilities across the health sector, including the approval and safety standards of medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusions; applauds the tireless efforts of the staff during the covid-19 pandemic to ensure the swift approval and distribution of covid-19 vaccines, test kits and ventilators, protecting millions of lives across the UK; is alarmed to learn that the MHRA is now facing staffing reductions of up to 20 per cent despite a greatly increased workload as a result of the UK leaving the EU and the covid-19 pandemic; is concerned that fewer staff will be asked to cover more ground with fewer resources whilst operating under a pay freeze; is further concerned that any loss of expertise in this agency will lead to poor and potentially unsafe decision-making in a highly specialised field; is particularly worried about the impact of the loss of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, which is well-renowned as a distinct centre of excellence; and calls on the Government to intervene immediately to ensure jobs are retained and a properly funded MHRA can continue with its world-leading work in this field.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Leeds East
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Streatham
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Stockport
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Salford and Eccles
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
City of Durham
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Jarrow
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Wansbeck
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Liverpool, West Derby
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Gateshead
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Dagenham and Rainham
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Sheffield Central
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Brent North
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Denton and Reddish
Hardy, Emma
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Leyton and Wanstead
Dromey, Jack
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Birmingham, Erdington
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
York Central
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 22 September 2021
Cynon Valley
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 September 2021
Strangford
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 23 September 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 October 2021
Arfon
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 18 October 2021
Worthing West
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2021
Bath
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 October 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 October 2021
Ceredigion
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2021
Coventry South
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
East Lothian
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Belfast South
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2021
St Albans
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 19 October 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.