"If we accept that many people will use cannabis - whether for recreational or medicinal purposes - then we must be pragmatic in how we minimise those harms."
- Norman Lamb
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Today sees the publication of a ground breaking report setting out how a regulated market for the production and sale of cannabis could work in the UK.
Norman Lamb has commented on the news that the Government is to force a new contract onto junior doctors. He said:
"It is a mistake to force a new contract on junior doctors when there is clearly still such strong opposition to its terms. There is a serious risk that large numbers of junior doctors will leave the NHS to go and work abroad, which will have serious consequences for the health service and patient safety.
"Growing demand for services, coupled with a funding settlement which doesn't keep up, are the fundamental problems facing health and care and yet the Government is refusing to take real action to address this.
There has been a dramatic rise in serious incidents in mental health trusts across England, including thousands of unexpected deaths and suicides, Liberal Democrats can reveal.
The Liberal Democrats have uncovered figures which show more than 8,000 incidents were reported last year.
The figures from NHS England were unearthed after an FOI request from the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Norman Lamb, and cover serious incidents reported between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the British Medical Assocation's decision to call off the 48-hour junior doctors' strike due to start next Tuesday in England.
Tens of thousands of trainees in England were due to provide emergency care-only cover for 48 hours, beginning next Tuesday. However, the association decided to halt the action while conciliation talks between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health continue.