Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

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Sajid Javid
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Liberal Democrat
Daisy Cooper (LDEM - St Albans)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Democratic Unionist Party
Jim Shannon (DUP - Strangford)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

Scottish National Party
Martyn Day (SNP - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Labour
Wes Streeting (LAB - Ilford North)
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Baroness Wheeler (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Baroness Merron (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Plaid Cymru
Ben Lake (PC - Ceredigion)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Brinton (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Health)

Scottish National Party
Lisa Cameron (SNP - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

Labour
Baroness Thornton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Rosena Allin-Khan (LAB - Tooting)
Shadow Minister (Mental Health)
Liz Kendall (LAB - Leicester West)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Feryal Clark (LAB - Enfield North)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Andrew Gwynne (LAB - Denton and Reddish)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Karin Smyth (LAB - Bristol South)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Ministers of State
Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Edward Argar (CON - Charnwood)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Maggie Throup (CON - Erewash)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Maria Caulfield (CON - Lewes)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Lord Kamall (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 5th July 2022
11:00
Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
5 Jul 2022, 11 a.m.
Pre-appointment hearing for the Government’s preferred candidate for the role of Patient Safety Commissioner
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 19th July 2022
11:30
Department of Health and Social Care
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Jul 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Health and Social Care (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 30th June 2022
Select Committee Docs
Tuesday 28th June 2022
14:23
Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 13th May 2022
Digital transformation in the NHS

The Committee has launched a new inquiry focusing on digital transformation in the NHS.  The inquiry will explore the current …

Written Answers
Thursday 30th June 2022
Fertility: Employment
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to workplaces on implementing …
Secondary Legislation
Thursday 30th June 2022
Gender Recognition (Disclosure of Information) (England) Order 2022
Section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (“the Act”) provides that it is an offence for a person who …
Bills
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Health and Care Act 2022
A Bill to make provision about health and social care.
Dept. Publications
Friday 1st July 2022
15:52
Treaty
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Department of Health and Social Care Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Jun. 14
Oral Questions
May. 23
Urgent Questions
Jun. 22
Westminster Hall
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Bills currently before Parliament

Department of Health and Social Care does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to make provision about health and social care.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 28th April 2022 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to confer power to amend or supplement the law relating to human medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices; make provision about the enforcement of regulations, and the protection of health and safety, in relation to medical devices; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision in connection with coronavirus; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 25th March 2020 and was enacted into law.


To make provision regarding the funding of the health service in England in respect of each financial year until the financial year that ends with 31 March 2024.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 16th March 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department of Health and Social Care - Secondary Legislation

Section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (“the Act”) provides that it is an offence for a person who has acquired protected information in an official capacity to disclose the information to any other person. “Protected information” is defined in section 22(2) as information relating to a person who has applied for a gender recognition certificate under the Act, and which concerns that application (or a subsequent application by them), or their gender prior to being granted a full gender recognition certificate.
These Regulations amend the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/2672) (“the 2014 Regulations”). Schedule 2 to the 2014 Regulations lists categories of capital that must be disregarded by local authorities when calculating someone’s assets for charging purposes.
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Petition Debates Contributed

Advice from the JCVI on the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine does not include school/childcare workers. This petition calls for these workers, who cannot distance or use PPE, to be kept safe at work by being put on the vaccine priority list when such a list is adopted into government policy.

375,208
Petition Closed
20 Jul 2021
closed 11 months, 2 weeks ago

We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public. Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable.

I want the Government to prevent any restrictions being placed on those who refuse to have any potential Covid-19 vaccine. This includes restrictions on travel, social events, such as concerts or sports. No restrictions whatsoever.

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Departmental Select Committee

Health and Social Care Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Health and Social Care Committee
Jeremy Hunt Portrait
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative - South West Surrey)
Health and Social Care Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
Laura Trott Portrait
Laura Trott (Conservative - Sevenoaks)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Dean Russell Portrait
Dean Russell (Conservative - Watford)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Sarah Owen Portrait
Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Taiwo Owatemi Portrait
Taiwo Owatemi (Labour - Coventry North West)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Luke Evans Portrait
Luke Evans (Conservative - Bosworth)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Rosie Cooper Portrait
Rosie Cooper (Labour - West Lancashire)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Barbara Keeley Portrait
Barbara Keeley (Labour - Worsley and Eccles South)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Lucy Allan Portrait
Lucy Allan (Conservative - Telford)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 3rd November 2021
Martyn Day Portrait
Martyn Day (Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 5th January 2022
Marco Longhi Portrait
Marco Longhi (Conservative - Dudley North)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 23rd May 2022
Health and Social Care Committee: Upcoming Events
Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
Pre-appointment hearing for the Government’s preferred candidate for the role of Patient Safety Commissioner
5 Jul 2022, 11 a.m.
At 11.30am: Oral evidence
Dr Henrietta Hughes

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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2022 to Question 18862, how many registered NHS dentists there were in each year from 2011 to 2021.

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) paediatric and (b) adult cystic fibrosis centres in England did not provide at least 85 per cent of their patients with psychological support at their annual review, in each year since 2015.

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to help improve the awareness of GPs of fertility issues.

General practitioners are responsible for updating their clinical knowledge and identifying learning needs through continuing professional development. This should take into account new research and developments in guidance, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines, to ensure high quality care is provided to all patients. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority also plan to engage with the Royal College of General Practitioners to promote increased awareness of fertility issues.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to workplaces on implementing a workplace policy based on recognition of infertility as a medical condition.

The Department has no plans to issue guidance to workplaces on implementing a specific workplace policy based on recognition of infertility as a medical condition. However, the Health and Safety Executive provides guidance to support employers in assessing any health or safety risks to workers and making reasonable adjustments to support them in the workplace.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to increase the availability of Evusheld to immunocompromised people in the event of future waves of covid-19.

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will include in the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy a commitment to average diagnosis time for endometriosis to one year.

Menstrual health and gynaecological conditions will be addressed in the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy.

Endometriosis can only be definitively diagnosed through a laparoscopy under general anaesthetic and it can be more appropriate to treat mild symptoms of endometriosis without a definitive diagnosis.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of dentists who have left NHS service in the latest period for which data is available.

No specific estimate has been made. Dental contract holders are responsible for ensuring that practices are appropriately staffed with dentists and other dental care professionals to deliver the contracted activity.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that people have equal access to dental services.

Between April and June 2022, NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked practices to deliver at least 95% of contracted units of dental activity to improve access for patients safely. The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with stakeholders, including the British Dental Association (BDA), to improve the National Health Service dental system and negotiations are currently underway on initial measures. This aims to improve patient access, reduce health inequalities and make the NHS a more attractive place to work for dentists.

An additional £50 million was allocated for NHS dentistry for the final quarter of 2021/22 to provide urgent care to patients. This was targeted at appointments for patients in most need of urgent dental treatment, including vulnerable groups and children. In addition, Health Education England’s Dental Education Reform Programme is reviewing areas with a shortage of dental provision, to address inequalities in access.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Education on ensuring that (a) fertility and (b) infertility are covered in the PHSE curriculum.

We have had no specific discussions. The British Fertility Society has engaged with the Government to develop its Fertility Education Initiative, which aims to improve the knowledge of fertility and reproductive health in the United Kingdom.

The improvement of education and information provision for women and healthcare professionals and fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and post-natal support will be addressed in the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to re-evaluate mileage allowance rates for (a) community nurses and (b) other NHS staff in the context of the rising cost of living.

The reimbursement of travel costs for community nurses and other National Health Service staff is addressed by the NHS Terms and Conditions, jointly agreed by employers and the NHS trades unions. The current rate for staff who use their vehicles to make journeys in the performance of their duties is 56 pence per mile, above the HM Revenue and Customs’ approved mileage rate of 45 pence per mile. This rate reduces after 3,500 miles to 20 pence per mile. The NHS Terms and Conditions sets out the process for reviewing the rate of reimbursement every six months, including reviewing fluctuations in fuel prices.

The NHS Staff Council recently published a statement to facilitate local discussions on temporary options, which is available at the following link:

https://www.nhsemployers.org/sites/default/files/2022-05/009%20NHS%20SC%20-%20Joint%20statement%20on%20reimbursement%20of%20travel%20costs%20in%20England%20MAY%202022.pdf

The statement includes a commitment for the NHS Staff Council to write to the Department to seek a remit to undertake and set out the scope for a possible review.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to increase the number of paediatric palliative care consultants in England; and if he will make a statement.

There are currently no nationally planned targeted recruitment campaigns for paediatric palliative care consultants. Individual National Health Service trusts are responsible for the recruitment of local staff, including medical consultants. In 2022, 98.5% of specialty training posts in paediatrics have been filled by Health Education England.

We have increased the number of medical school places in England by 25% from 6,000 to 7,500 per year, to ensure a sustainable supply of paediatric palliative care consultants in future years. In February 2022, there were 9,562 full time equivalent (FTE) doctors in the specialty group of paediatrics in NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups in England. This is an increase of 33%) since February 2010 and includes 3,957 FTE consultants, an increase of 65.9% since February 2010.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions she has had with shadow ICS Boards over the responsibilities that they will be required to take on in 2023.

Under the Health and Care Act 2022, 42 integrated care boards (ICBs) will be established on 1 July 2022. ICBs will take on the commissioning functions of existing clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as well as delegated responsibility for primary medical services. Nine ICBs will also have delegated responsibility for one or more pharmaceutical services, general ophthalmic services and dental services.

As required by the Act, CCGs have worked with designate ICB leaders and engaged with local stakeholders to develop constitutions for each ICB and submitted these proposals to NHS England. While Ministers have engaged with designate chairs and chief executives, NHS England will ensure that leaders are aware of ICBs’ responsibilities.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what provision he has put in place for health and care professionals who arrive in UK to learn clinical language and processes when entering roles in the NHS.

The language requirements to gain United Kingdom professional registration is a matter for the nine independent professional regulators. Employers should ensure that there is appropriate induction support for new staff.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

2020/21

2019/21

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

£'000

171,613

15,203

19,829

12,402

4,485

Source: Department of Health and Social Care Annual Report and Accounts

The information for 2021/22 will be published in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22 later this year.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 20 September 2021 from the Rt hon. Member for South West Surrey in his capacity as Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee on the Committee's report entitled The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities, HC 21, published on 13 July 2021.

We replied to the Rt. hon. Member on 20 October 2021.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 15 March and 18 May 2022 on behalf of my constituent, Rachael Craggs on covid isolation rules.

We replied to the hon. Member on 28 June 2022.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on raising the (a) Minimum Income Guarantee and (b) other welfare payments in the 2023-24 financial year.

While we have had no specific discussions, we will work with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that any decision on uprating the social care allowances is informed by the uprating of other welfare payments. The level of the Minimum Income Guarantee is reviewed on an annual basis. The next review is due in January 2023 and will be published in the Local Authority Circular.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase the number of community diagnostic hubs; and ensure that those hubs are adequately staffed.

We have committed £2.3 billion to launch up to 160 community diagnostic centres (CDCs) by March 2025, with more than 90 CDCs currently in operation in England. National Health Service regions are working with ICSs, diagnostic networks and primary care services to determine the location and configuration of services, based on the needs of the local population.

NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) are ensuring that there is sufficient workforce capacity for CDCs in the appropriate roles and locations. NHS England and HEE are increasing capacity through sharing good practice across the professions, ensuring CDCs are staffed with the appropriate skills and promoting the retention of staff and health and wellbeing.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS-funded prescriptions for people who have received a diagnosis of a learning difficulty.

Approximately 89% of prescriptions are dispensed free of charge and there are arrangements in place for those with the greatest need. Eligibility is dependent on the age of the patient, whether they are in qualifying full-time education, are pregnant or have recently given birth or are in receipt of specific benefits or a war pension. Those with a learning difficulty or learning disability may meet these eligibility criteria for prescription charge exemptions and receive free prescriptions.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will permanently exempt NHS staff from hospital car parking charges.

We have no plans to do so. Free parking in hospital car parks for all National Health Service staff was temporarily introduced for the duration of the pandemic and this measure ended from 31 March 2022.  However, free hospital car parking continues to be available for those in greatest need in 98% of NHS trusts which charge for car parking, including disabled people or blue badge holders; those attending frequent outpatient appointments; parents of sick children staying overnight; and staff working nightshifts.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of annually reviewing the prescription charge medical exemption list.

We have made no specific assessment and there are currently no plans to review or extend the National Health Service prescription charge medical exemption list. For those ineligible for an exemption on medical grounds, arrangements are in place to assist with the affordability of prescriptions, including exemptions for which people with a long-term medical condition may already qualify. Approximately 89% of NHS prescription items are dispensed in the community free of charge.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the financial implications for the NHS of ending prescription charges in England.

Prescription charges contributed £614 million in revenue in 2020/21. This funding provides an important source of income in light of increasing demands on the National Health Service. However, approximately 89% of prescriptions are dispensed free of charge and arrangements are in place to help those most in need.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had on aligning prescription changes in England with the State Pension Age.

We have had no recent discussions. No decisions on the proposals have yet been made. We will respond to the consultation and announce next steps in due course.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 20 April 2022 to Question 122676 on Protective Clothing: Contracts, what systems the Government used to record the results of the due diligence checks on suppliers of PPE during the covid-19 outbreak.

The results were recorded by several Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of a single, integrated system, financial due diligence was recorded locally using bespoke systems and processes, such as Microsoft Office applications, Atamis, Mendix and Defence Share.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has taken steps to ensure that local general practitioners are consulted ahead of the transition from clinical commissioning groups to integrated care systems.

Under the Health and Care Act 2022, 42 integrated care boards (ICBs) will be established on 1 July 2022. ICBs will take on the commissioning functions of existing clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and delegated responsibility for primary medical services.

As required by the Act, CCGs have worked with designate ICB leaders in developing the constitutions for each ICB and shared these proposals with NHS England. As a minimum, CCGs were required to consult with the relevant National Health Service trusts and foundation trusts, primary care representatives, local Healthwatch and relevant local authorities. In addition, there has been consultation where general practitioners jointly nominate one or more members of the ICB board.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had recent discussions with dental schools on the availability of clinical placements for dental students.

Officials have regular discussions with dental school representative bodies and individual dental schools on a range of issues. We are working with Health Education England (HEE), to ensure that dental trainees have access to the appropriate training opportunities.

From 2020 to 2023, HEE is investing £32 million to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on dental training, including the availability of clinical placements.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the British Medical Association’s report entitled, Delivering racial equality in medicine, what steps he is taking to (a) protect and support medical professionals from racist abuse and (b) help ensure Black and Ethnic Minority groups are not dissuaded from pursuing medical careers.

The National Health Service Civility and Respect programme aims to tackle discrimination, bullying and harassment in the NHS and to create positive workplace cultures.

The NHS is improving recruitment processes and career opportunities for all staff, including medical professionals, from ethnic minority backgrounds. The Medical Workforce Racial Equality Standard report in 2020 showed that the number of black and minority ethnic doctors increased by 21.1% compared to 2017. We have accepted the recommendations from the ‘Leadership for a collaborative and inclusive future’ review into health and social care leadership in full. The recommendations include embedding inclusive leadership practice as the responsibility of all and promoting equal opportunity and fairness standards to tackle discrimination.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require (a) early intervention and (b) preventative measures to help tackle children and young people's mental health and wellbeing; and if he will make a statement.

There are no current plans to bring forward specific legislative proposals.

The Government has launched a public call for evidence to support the development of a new cross-Government 10 year plan for mental health, including supporting children and young people’s mental health. The call for evidence is open until 7 July 2022 and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/mental-health-and-wellbeing-plan-discussion-paper-and-call-for-evidence

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to provide financial support to local authority-commissioned sexual health services in response to the recent increase in cases of monkeypox.

The UK Health Security Agency is supporting local authorities and system partners in containing the monkeypox outbreak, including the identification and management of infected cases. We are providing more than £3.4 billion to local authorities through the Public Health Grant, to invest in essential frontline services, including sexual health services.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to transition covid-19 treatments into routine healthcare provision, including placing covid-19 vaccinations into the National Immunisation Programme and the provision of antiviral treatments for recommended groups.

The Department is working with the National Health Service and other partners to transition COVID-19 treatments such as antivirals, therapeutics, and vaccinations into routine healthcare provision. We aim to learn from the pandemic response to design a model which minimises the impact on other health and care services in times of greatest demand.

We await the results of the PANORAMIC study to determine how those who would benefit most from COVID-19 antivirals can continue to access treatments through the NHS, including the delivery of vaccinations.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June 2022 to Question 13073, whether the needs analysis will factor in increasing complexity and other epidemiological trends in infection including monkeypox and antibiotic resistance.

We continue to engage regularly with stakeholders in the development of the needs analysis, including local commissioners through the English HIV and Sexual Health Commissioners’ Group, Directors of Public Health and professional organisations. We will consider the impact of new challenges, including increasing complexity and epidemiological trends in sexually transmitted infections, antimicrobial resistance and monkeypox and the adaptability of the specialist medical workforce to respond to these challenges. The needs analysis will inform the forthcoming Sexual and Reproductive Health action plan, which will be published later this year.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for people who smoke of allowing major supermarkets to advertise to smokers (a) e-cigarettes and (b) heat-not-burn products.

‘The Khan review: making smoking obsolete’ published on 9 June made recommendations to support the Government’s ambition for England to be smoke free by 2030. These recommendations include measures to support smokers switching to e-cigarettes, such as through changing advertising and marketing regulations. The Department is considering these recommendations and we will respond in the forthcoming white paper on health disparities and in the Tobacco Control Plan, which will be published later this year.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential impact of enabling access to multiple innovative advanced therapies on (a) the ability of people with long-term health conditions to self-manage their condition and (b) NHS capacity.

No specific assessment has been made. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for developing evidence-based guidance for the National Health Service. When making recommendations on the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs, including those for long-term conditions, NICE considers factors such as the extent to which patients would be able to self-manage their condition in estimating impacts on quality of life. NICE also assesses the resource impact associated with technologies and guidelines, which includes capacity and demand, changes to patient flows and workforce and training implications.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to implement a system, similar to the Sunshine Style Payment Act in the US, to ensure the medical industry declare payments given to (a) doctors, (b) researchers and (c) teaching hospitals.

The Health and Care Act 2022 contains provisions to make regulations to require businesses to publish or report details of payments made or other benefits given to health care providers.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish its response to the Health and Social Care Committee's report entitled The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities, published on 13 July 2021.

We intend to respond to the Health and Social Care Committee following the publication of the Building the right support action plan.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the most common skin condition affecting people under the age of 21 that was treated on the NHS in the last 12 months.

The information requested is not collected centrally. Skin conditions are predominantly treated in a primary care setting, for which data is not collected. While the most severe cases or those requiring inpatient procedures would require treatment in a secondary care setting, NHS Digital provisionally estimates that in 2021/2022, pilonidal cysts were the most common skin condition requiring hospital admission in people under the age of 21 years old.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure additional mental health provision for young people during the upcoming school summer holidays.

While we have no specific plans to do so, we are increasing funding for mental health services by an additional £2.3 billion a year by 2023/24, which will allow at least 345,000 additional children and young people to access to National Health Service-funded mental health support. In 2021/22, we provided a further £79 million in response to the pandemic and expand children’s mental health services. This has accelerated the coverage of mental health support teams in schools and colleges, with 287 teams in place in approximately 4,700 schools and colleges. Where established in schools and colleges, mental health support teams are expected to be available at all times of the year.

The online Every Mind Matters campaign also raises awareness of the guidance and tools available to support children and young people’s mental wellbeing and ensure that those who need urgent support are directed towards the appropriate services.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) CCGs in the North West of England, (b) NHS England and (c) NHS Improvement on proposals for a local tertiary service for Tourette’s syndrome; and if he will provide an update on the status of those plans.

There have been no recent discussions. The majority of services for people with Tourette’s syndrome are commissioned locally by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The development of the proposed clinical model for a local tertiary service for Tourette’s syndrome in the North West of England is continuing between Alder Hey Hospital and the nine CCGs in Cheshire and Merseyside. Clinical leadership support from NHS England has also been secured. The new Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board, which will replace the nine CCGs from 1 July 2022, will determine whether this service is commissioned, depending on factors such as the availability of financials resources.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will develop a system to enable proxy access for patients via the NHS App between the EMIS and TPP systems used by GP surgeries.

The NHS App currently allows a version of proxy access from general practitioner clinical systems such as EMIS and TPP, known as ‘linked profiles’. However, the capability is not currently available between suppliers. We are working with the Information Commissioner’s Office to understand how people can access health and care services on behalf of those they care for.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the (a) adult and (b) under 18 population of England suffering from an eating disorder; and if he will make a statement.

The ‘2019 Health Survey for England’ indicated that 16% of adults aged 16 years old and over in England received a positive screen for a possible eating disorder or reported that their feelings about food had a significant negative impact on their life.

Data is not held for all those aged under 18 years old. However, for children and young people aged 11 to 16 years old, the ‘Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2021 - wave 2 follow up to the 2017 survey’ found that 13% screened positive for possible eating problems. For those aged 17 to 19 years old, 58.2% screened positive. However, a positive screening result does not confirm that the child or young person had an eating disorder but indicated an increased likelihood of problems with eating.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to offer a second booster vaccination to all adults, in the context of rising hospitalisations from covid-19.

On 21 February 2022, the Government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to offer an additional spring booster dose to all residents in care homes for older adults, individuals aged 12 years old and over who are immunosuppressed, and all adults aged 75 years old and over.

On 19 May 2022, the JCVI published interim advice on an autumn COVID-19 booster programme which states that a COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to residents in a care home for older adults and staff; frontline health and social care workers; all those aged 65 years old and over; and adults aged 16 to 64 years old in a clinical risk group. The JCVI is considering the vaccination of other patient groups and the detail of the definitions of clinical risk groups. The JCVI keeps the current epidemiological data under review and will issue further advice if necessary.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of rising food prices on the capacity of low-income families to fulfil their dietary needs.

No specific assessment has been made. However, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will explore options to assess the cost of a healthy diet, with a focus on families.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when Evusheld will be available for eligible patients.

Evusheld was granted a conditional marketing authorisation by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on 17 March 2022. However, the initial positive trial data for Evusheld was published prior to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

The UK Health Security Agency has conducted the efficacy of Evusheld against the Omicron variants and initial data for BA.1 and BA.2 has been shared with AstraZeneca. The Department and the National Health Service are identifying the appropriate patient cohorts and approaches to the potential deployment of pre-exposure prophylaxis. We have asked clinicians to advise on the most appropriate option for the NHS in line with the available data, the public health situation and other treatments available. We are therefore unable to confirm an estimated date for the availability of Evusheld.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the UK in each of the last three years.

The data is not available in the format requested. The UK Health Security Agency’s Emerging Infections and Zoonoses team has a remit to publish zoonoses surveillance data for England and Wales, including diagnoses of Lyme disease. The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of Lyme disease reported in England and Wales was 1,639 in 2019, 1,262 in 2020 and 1,156 in 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of air pollution on children’s health.

In 2021, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) published a review which acknowledged children's vulnerability to the health impacts of air pollution, assessed children's exposure in outdoor school environments and the relation to socio-economic inequalities and recommended mitigating actions. The UKHSA also reviewed the exposure to indoor solid fuel and respiratory health in children. While children exposed to indoor wood burning are not at an increased risk of asthma in developed countries, there is a slight increased risk of developing respiratory infections.

The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants is preparing a report which considers the evidence linking pre-term birth, low birth weight and stillbirth with maternal exposure to air pollution including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, during pregnancy. The Committee aims to publish this report in August 2022.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of nitrogen dioxide levels on people's health.

In 2018, the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants assessed the mortality burden of long-term exposure to air pollution in the United Kingdom, based on studies reporting associations of mortality risk with fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. It was estimated that for a one microgram per cubic metre reduction in nitrogen dioxide, approximately 420,000 to 903,000 life years could be saved in the UK in the next 106 years, which is associated with an increase in life expectancy at birth of approximately two to five days.

The UK Health Security Agency published a tool to estimate the potential health burden and costs to the National Health Service and social care system arising due to air pollution. In England, an estimated 1,140,018 new cases of disease attributable to nitrogen dioxide is predicted by 2035, equivalent to 1,933 new cases of disease per 100,000 population between 2017 and 2035.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the key aims are of NHS England’s AMR Programme UTI delivery group; and what timelines are in place for the publication of the findings of that group.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s urinary tract infection (UTI) reduction workstream was established as part of delivery of the ‘UK 5-year action plan for antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024’. This workstream aims to enhance prevention, support early and accurate diagnosis and improve the treatment of UTIs through identifying and adopting best practice and interventions for different populations in healthcare settings, including at home and in care homes.

The workstream does not plan to produce specific findings, as it reports its ongoing work through NHS England and NHS Improvement’s national antimicrobial resistance programme board on a quarterly basis. Progress against all workstreams under the current action plan will be developed in the next five-year plan, which is due to be published in 2024.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the additional payments towards the cost of living announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 26 May 2022, whether those payments are treated as income for the purposes of social care charges under the Care Act 2014.

The Department is currently determining the impact of the new cost of living payments on financial assessments for care costs. As this support is constituted through one-off payments, we do not expect this to be considered as regular income for the purposes of social care costs under the Care Act 2014.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timeline is for publishing the cross-Government action plan on implementing the Building the right support national plan.

We will publish the Building the right support action plan as soon as possible. A publication date has not yet been confirmed.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)