Health minister absent after fainting in Parliament

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Baroness Blackwood has missed today’s parliamentary sitting after she fainted in the despatch box of Lords yesterday.

Lady Blackwood was answering a question on the hospital listeria outbreak when she began repeating her words.

She said “I apologise, I’m going to faint” and collapsed at the despatch box.

The former Tory MP was attended to by several peers with medical backgrounds, including former consultant obstetrician Lord Patel.

The House was adjourned for 10 minutes while Lady Blackwood was helped back to her feet and given a glass of water by doorkeepers.

Lady Blackwood was appointed to the ministry of health in January having previously served as a junior health minister in the Commons.

She served as a Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon for seven years before losing her seat at the 2017 election.

In 2015 she revealed she had been diagnosed with the rare genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos syndrome two years prior.

The syndrome can cause heart problems, joint and muscle pain.

She was also diagnosed with a secondary condition that triggers frequent migraines if not treated with medication.

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