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

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

Liberal Democrat
Munira Wilson (LDEM - Twickenham)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Labour
Baroness Wheeler (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Scottish National Party
Philippa Whitford (SNP - Central Ayrshire)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Labour
Jonathan Ashworth (LAB - Leicester South)
Shadow Secretary of State for 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)
Justin Madders (LAB - Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Alex Norris (LAB - Nottingham North)
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 19th October 2021
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Health and Social Care Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
19 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.

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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 19th October 2021
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Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
19 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic
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Tuesday 19th October 2021
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Health and Social Care (including Topical Questions)
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Tuesday 26th October 2021
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Debate - Grand Committee
Temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020
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Scheduled Event
Friday 19th November 2021
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Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
19 Nov 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill: Second Reading
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Debates
Thursday 14th October 2021
Social Care in England
Lords Chamber
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 20th October 2021
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Call for Evidence
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Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
NHS litigation reform

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the case for the reform of NHS litigation against a background …

Written Answers
Monday 18th October 2021
Special Educational Needs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Disabled Children’s Partnerships report entitled …
Secondary Legislation
Friday 8th October 2021
Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) (No. 14) Regulations 2021
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Bills
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Health and Care Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about health and social care.
Dept. Publications
Friday 15th October 2021
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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:
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  • 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.

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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/582) (“the International Travel Regulations”).
These Regulations amend the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/238) (“the Principal Regulations”) which provide for the making and recovery of charges for relevant services provided under the National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41) to certain persons not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.
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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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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.

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
James Davies Portrait
James Davies (Conservative - Vale of Clwyd)
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
Paul Bristow Portrait
Paul Bristow (Conservative - Peterborough)
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
Anum Qaisar-Javed Portrait
Anum Qaisar-Javed (Scottish National Party - Airdrie and Shotts)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 25th May 2021
Health and Social Care Committee: Upcoming Events
Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic
19 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.
At 9.45am: Oral evidence
Ben Zaranko - Research Economist at Institute for Fiscal Studies
Siva Anandaciva - Chief Analyst at The King's Fund
Sarah Lambrechts, Expert by experience
At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Amanda Pritchard - Chief Executive at NHS England
Professor Stephen Powis - National Medical Director at NHS England

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Health and Social Care Committee - Private Meeting
19 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.
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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

21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of (a) customer service and (b) complaints procedures provided by firms on the list of travel covid-19 test providers approved by her Department.

The Department has completed a rapid review of all private testing providers including their online terms and conditions and customer service. However, we are unable to provide further details of these assessments as they relate to the ongoing development of Government policy.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 May 2021 to Question 294 on NHS: Agency Workers, if he will publish the total cost to the NHS of using (a) agency staff and (b) bank staff for 2020-21 in (i) Quarter 4 and (ii) total.

The data requested is not yet available as the accounts are currently being audited.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog in needs assessments to ensure that disabled children can access the health support they need.

We are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health and care services for disabled children. Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who require additional provision will receive an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment. The SEND Regulations 2014 make clear that local authorities must complete an EHC plan assessment within twenty weeks after the request is received unless exceptional circumstances apply. The Department for Education monitors local authority performance on EHC plan assessments to establish where there are long-standing delays and provide support. This could include training for staff, extra monitoring or engagement with partners to improve joint working.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to work with the Ministry of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to expand housing-with-care provision.

The Government’s plan for health and social care, announced on 7 September, recognised the important role of housing in providing care and support to people in the community. We will invest in supported housing, including housing-with-care, as well as exploring other innovative housing solutions to support more people to live independently at home for longer, with personalised care and support.

The Department of Health and Social Care works closely with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Work and Pensions to increase the supply and quality of supported housing. We are engaging closely with the sector and a range of other stakeholders, including considering the merits of different engagement and delivery models including proposals from the sector for a cross-Government taskforce.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of a cross-departmental task force to improve housing options that include CQC-regulated social care.

The Government’s plan for health and social care, announced on 7 September, recognised the important role of housing in providing care and support to people in the community. We will invest in supported housing, including housing-with-care, as well as exploring other innovative housing solutions to support more people to live independently at home for longer, with personalised care and support.

The Department of Health and Social Care works closely with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Work and Pensions to increase the supply and quality of supported housing. We are engaging closely with the sector and a range of other stakeholders, including considering the merits of different engagement and delivery models including proposals from the sector for a cross-Government taskforce.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long waiting lists are for ADHD diagnosis in Greater Manchester; and how that wait compares with the national average.

The data requested is not held centrally.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing additional funding to health visiting services to prevent respiratory infections in young children.

No recent assessment has been made.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has commissioned research to understand the potential link between the (a) reduction in health visitor numbers and (b) fall in childhood immunisations since 2015.

No specific research has been commissioned.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the methodology used by the Joint Biosecurity Centre when deciding to add a country to the covid-19 red list for international travel.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has undertaken a review of the adequacy of the (a) eligibility criteria for and (b) financial payments under the Vaccine Damage Payments Scheme in the context of the covid-19 vaccination programme.

We have no current plans to do so. However, we will monitor the situation as more information becomes available and our understanding of the potential causal links between the COVID-19 vaccines and its purported side effects becomes clearer.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to enable people enrolled on the Novavax covid-19 vaccine trial to access an international NHS covid-19 pass for the purposes of travel.

All Novavax clinical trial participants in England and Wales can access their domestic COVID Pass through the NHS App or online through NHS.UK.

As of 21 September, approximately two thirds of Novavax trial participants in England, can present their vaccination information through the NHS COVID Pass for travel purposes. Work is ongoing to ensure that all clinical trial participants can access an NHS COVID Pass for travel in the near future.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to allow people enrolled on the Novavax covid-19 vaccine trial to receive either two doses or a booster dose of an approved covid-19 vaccine.

The decision for a participant in a vaccine trial to receive a further vaccination should be made in conjunction with clinicians. This may vary depending on the vaccine. The clinical guidance for administering further vaccinations for trial participants is currently under review.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Public Health England document entitled Easy-read consent form for children, young people or parents and carers, what the evidential basis is for the statement that there is a small chance of catching covid-19 if you have been vaccinated; and how the Government defines small in that context.

The evidence is based on published literature. In a recent trial of 2,260 adolescents aged 12 to 15 years old three COVID-19 cases were noted within 11 days after dose one among Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recipients, as compared with 12 cases among those who had not received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. There were no cases more than seven days after two doses, which is the recommended course for at-risk children. The study, ‘Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 Covid-19 Vaccine in Adolescents’, is available at the following link:

https://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa2107456

In this context, the definition of ‘small’ means that although individuals could still be infected with the virus, they are less likely to develop symptoms of COVID-19 after vaccination.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve end of life care for people with dementia.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for funding end of life and palliative care services in their area as part of their statutory responsibilities. NHS England’s palliative and end of life care delivery plan describes their focus on improving access, quality and sustainability in line with the NHS Long Term Plan, which contains a specific commitment to provide more personalised care.

NHS England’s Dementia Well Pathway highlights that services should be integrated, commissioned, trained and monitored aligned with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s standards. The Pathway is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2016/03/dementia-well-pathway.pdf

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Public Health England document entitled Easy-read consent form for children, young people or parents and carers, for what reason that document does not mention more serious side effects of covid-19 vaccines, including myocarditis and pericarditis.

Public Health England’s COVID-19 vaccination consent form for children and young people or parents and carers is part of a suite of materials designed to assist an individual in making their decision about acceptance of vaccination. It is intended that this should be completed once an individual has been supplied with the easy-read information leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination in children and young people, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-easy-read-resources-for-children-and-young-people/covid-19-vaccination-an-easy-read-guide-for-at-risk-children-and-young-people-aged-12-to-15-years

This contains the necessary information about potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccination, including myocarditis and pericarditis. These side effects are described in the patient information leaflet as ‘problems with their heart’; ‘pain in their chest’; and ‘breathing problems’.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the London Ambulance Service Estates Vision, published in 2019, what estimate he has made of any impact on the (a) mean and (b) median ambulance response times to addresses in Newham of the closures of ambulance stations planned by the London Ambulance Service.

No such estimate has been made. The London Ambulance Service (LAS) advises that it is at an early stage in developing its estates a strategy, including understanding how any changes would impact on the care patients receive. The LAS will engage with the public and stakeholders on any proposed changes.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the London Ambulance Service Estates Vision, published in 2019, if he will make an assessment of any potential detriment to the access to healthcare of (a) critically ill and (b) disabled people in Newham of the closures of ambulance stations planned by the London Ambulance Service.

No such estimate has been made. The London Ambulance Service (LAS) advises that it is at an early stage in developing its estates a strategy, including understanding how any changes would impact on the care patients receive. The LAS will engage with the public and stakeholders on any proposed changes.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will tackle inequalities for lesbian and bi women in accessing IVF under NICE guidelines.

In England, decisions about local fertility services are determined by clinical commissioning groups, taking account of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) fertility guidelines.

NICE is reviewing their fertility guidelines which will consider the current access criteria to treatment for female same-sex couples.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to the public on the status of the covid-19 vaccination branded Covishield; and whether there are any limitations on international travel for those in receipt of the Covishield vaccine.

No specific guidance has been issued. No AstraZeneca doses branded as Covishield have been administered in the United Kingdom. All AstraZeneca vaccines in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as ‘Vaxzevria’, which has been permitted for international travel since May 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that healthcare workers are adequately trained in assisting people living with dementia.

The training needs for staff supporting those living with dementia are available at the following link:

https://skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Dementia-Core-Skills-Education-and-Training-Framework.pdf

Since 1 April 2015, health care assistants and social care support workers, including those providing care to people with dementia, have received training as part of the implementation of the Care Certificate. As at September 2020, over 1.5 million episodes of tier 1 basic dementia awareness training have been completed by National Health Service staff. In addition, over 233,000 episodes of dementia training at tier 2 and nearly 32,000 episodes of dementia training at tier 3 have been delivered and over one million care workers have completed the Care Certificate or common induction standards. We will be setting out our plans on dementia for England, including training, for future years in due course.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what medical duty of care exists for hotel providers being used for covid-19 quarantine following international travel.

The duty of care for medical provision should a passenger or guest present with symptoms other than COVID-19 rests with the National Health Service. All managed quarantine facilities’ staff, security and testing staff ensure that every guest is kept in a safe environment and that the potential for exposure to others within the facility who may have tested positive for COVID-19 is minimised.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to end geographical disparities in dementia care.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for services and support for people with dementia. We expect CCGs to commission services that take into account relevant guidance, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines and the Dementia Care Pathway, which sets out benchmarks to improve the delivery and quality of care and support.

Public Health England has published factsheets for CCGs to understand local patterns and potential reasons for trends in dementia diagnosis rates, as well as identifying specific areas for support. In addition, £17 million has been made available to CCGs to address the needs of those waiting for diagnosis and those who have a diagnosis but are unable to access support services due to the pandemic.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether hotels that are being used for covid-19 quarantine following international travel are required to conduct risk assessments for people who are quarantining there.

Prior to any hotel or establishment becoming a Managed Quarantine Service (MQS) facility, a complete risk assessment is carried out. MQS hotels comply fully with all regulatory and legislative requirements including those relating to health and safety, COVID-19 protocols and fire risk. All assessments incorporate guidance from Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what formal (a) complaints and (b) other processes are in place to ensure that the hotels being used for covid-19 quarantine following international travel are held accountable by (i) service users and (ii) his Department.

The Department contracts Managed Quarantine Service hotels via Corporate Travel Management (CTM). Initial complaints are raised with CTM to address with hotels. In addition, the Department has deployed liaison officers to liaise with hotels in England to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are being adhered to in line with any contractual standards. The Department’s contract management and commercial teams monitor standards and performance and will terminate contracts where performance or standards remain below requirements.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on the number of incidents of food poisoning and contamination reported to local authorities in England.

Public Health England publishes notifications of food poisoning which are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notifiable-diseases-weekly-reports-for-2021

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide (a) mental health support and (b) other health support for refugees arriving from Afghanistan.

On 27 August, NHS England and NHS Improvement advised all local commissioners to facilitate general practitioner registration for all individuals arriving from Afghanistan and an enhanced health assessment to identify and manage families’ immediate health and care requirements.

The assessment should cover trauma and safeguarding concerns, mental health needs, women’s and children’s health, long-term conditions, areas of public health concern, vaccinations and ensuring pathways to other priority services such as maternity, child health services, dental and eye care. Individuals requiring more specialist or extensive mental health support will be referred onto relevant services.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether contractors and employees of suppliers who work in care homes, but are not employed by care companies directly, must provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against covid-19 before entering care homes.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 requires care home providers to allow entry to the premises only to those who can demonstrate evidence of having had a complete course of an authorised COVID-19 vaccine or evidence that they are exempt from vaccination. These Regulations come into force on 11 November 2021. This includes all workers employed directly by the care home or care home provider, on a full-time or part-time basis, those employed by an agency and deployed by the care home, and volunteers deployed in the care home.

It will also include those providing direct care and those coming into care homes to do other work, for example healthcare workers, tradespeople, the Care Quality Commission’s inspectors and hairdressers and beauticians.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Disabled Children’s Partnerships report entitled Then there was silence, published on 10 September 2021, what steps he has taken to reduce the time taken for assessments of children’s conditions that have led to needs not being identified.

We are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health and care services for disabled children. Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who require additional provision will receive an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment. The SEND Regulations 2014 make clear that local authorities must complete an EHC plan assessment within twenty weeks after the request is received unless exceptional circumstances apply. The Department for Education monitors local authority performance on EHC plan assessments to establish where there are long-standing delays and provide support. This could include training for staff, extra monitoring or engagement with partners to improve joint working.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are on waiting lists for non-urgent treatment in (a) England and (b) Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust by clinical specialty.

The total number of people on waiting lists for non-urgent treatment in England and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is shown in the following table.

England

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5,606,724

44,166

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on working parents, including key workers, of having to supervise children self-isolating from childcare settings while awaiting PCR covid-19 test results; and what steps he is taking to mitigate and minimise that impact.

No specific assessment has been made. Children and young people aged under 18 years and six months old who usually attend an education or childcare setting and who have been identified as a close contact can continue to attend as normal.

Working parents or guardians of a child or young person who has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace may be eligible for support via the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if they live in England and meet specific eligibility criteria. The payment covers the full 10-day self-isolation period. If an individual has to look after someone who is required to self-isolate, they may also qualify for other welfare and COVID-19 support, such as Universal Credit and/or the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 22 September 2021 to Question 49038 on NHS: Coronavirus, what plans he has to make an assessment of the effect on NHS frontline staffing levels of the advice that from 28 weeks all NHS staff who are pregnant should work from home and if that is not possible take sick leave or be suspended on full pay; and if he will remove that provision in response to the ending of shielding guidance.

There are currently no plans to do so. However, the Department is currently reviewing the guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees’.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which Minister in his Department is responsible for the implementation of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018.

I am the Minister with responsibility for social care and mental health.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 22 September 2021 to Questions 49948 on Local Government: Contracts and 49947 on Local Government, if the Government will compensate local authorities for the costs of the levies which fall on contractors they employ; and what funding from the levy will be paid to local authorities for (a) the cost of introducing the £86,000 cap, (b) the proposed floor as described in the Health and Social Care Plan, (c) improving social care provision and (d) any other reforms as a result of the Health and Social Care Plan.

We have announced that we will be investing an additional £5.4 billion across three years in social care. The announcement includes funding that will be made available to all local authorities to cover the costs of implementing our reforms, including the cap, the increased capital limit and moving towards paying a fair rate of care and the associated implementation costs. The Government intends to compensate departments and other public sector employers in England at the forthcoming Spending Review for the increased cost of the Levy and provide Barnett consequentials on this funding to the devolved administrations.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of potential the number of nuclear medicine physicians required to provide adequate care for NHS patients in the next year; and if he will make it his policy to increase the number of nuclear medicine physicians in training.

No assessment has been made. However, Health Education England is providing additional funding to support an increase of five nuclear medicine physician training posts in the National Health Service in England in 2021/22. The next Spending Review will set out further details of the Government’s spending plans including the NHS workforce.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS can (a) tackle the needs of disabled children and (b) help those children to recover from the coivd-19 outbreak.

We are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health services for disabled children. On 6 September 2021, we announced an additional £5.4 billion to support the COVID-19 response over the next six months, which includes £2 billion to tackle the elective backlog and reducing waiting times for patients, including disabled children.

We have also allocated £79 million to expand mental health services for children, including disabled children and £31 million to address particular challenges faced by individuals with a learning disability and autistic people, with £3 million for community respite services.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog in needs assessments for disabled children.

We are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to enhance the provision of health and care services for disabled children. Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who require additional provision will receive an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment. The SEND Regulations (2014) make clear that local authorities must complete an EHC plan assessment within twenty weeks after the request is received unless exceptional circumstances apply. The Department for Education monitors local authority performance on EHC plan assessments to establish where there are long-standing delays and provide support. This could include training for staff, extra monitoring or engagement with partners to improve joint working.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 7915 on Kidney Cancer, what guidance his Department plans to provide to community diagnostics hubs to help ensure that they have adequate equipment to be able to diagnose kidney cancer within an appropriate timeframe.

Community diagnostic hubs (CDHs) will be equipped with computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scanners and biopsy facilities, which are used for the detection of kidney cancer. Full guidance on the diagnostic testing required within CDHs will be published in due course.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will commit to additional funding to help meet his Government’s policy to end new HIV transmission by 2030.

Funding for HIV treatment and care services is provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement through specialised commissioning. HIV testing and prevention is funded by local government through the ringfenced Public Health Grant. Decisions on future funding will be taken in the forthcoming Spending Review

The Department is currently developing a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and an HIV Action Plan towards the 2030 target, both of which are planned for publication later this year.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with NHS (a) England and (b) Improvement on anti-psychotic prescription rates for people with a diagnosis of dementia.

The Department has regular discussions with NHS England and NHS Improvement NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to monitor the monthly data published by NHS Digital on the prescribing of anti-psychotic medication for people diagnosed with dementia. There is also regular contact with regional clinical network leads and local services to understand the patterns in prescribing and potential reasons for such trends.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of his Department's progress toward the Government’s policy to end new HIV transmission by 2030.

The annual official statistics on new diagnoses of HIV infection and people accessing HIV care will be released in early December. However, between 2014 and 2019, there was a 34% reduction in new HIV diagnoses in England.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the context of the shielding programme having ended, what support his Department plans to provide clinically extremely vulnerable people in the event that some covid-19 public health restrictions are required to be reintroduced.

Based on the success of the vaccine programme and new treatments becoming available, we do not anticipate shielding being required in the future. We are advising those previously considered as clinically extremely vulnerable consider their own risk, supported by their National Health Service clinician where necessary.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of trends in data on the prescription of anti-psychotic medication for people with a diagnosis of dementia by individual CCG.

The Department has no current plans to make such an assessment. NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to monitor monthly data published by NHS Digital on the prescribing of anti-psychotic medication for people diagnosed with dementia. They also work closely with regional clinical network leads and local services to understand the patterns in prescribing and potential reasons for any trends.

Public Health England published clinical commissioning group factsheets to provide context around prescribing activity and facilitate an understanding of the patterns in prescribing. These are available at the following link:

https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/dementia/data#page/

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) individuals and (b) organisations that attended the reform summit held on 21 September 2021.

The following table shows the external attendees at the summit.

Name

Role

Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

Nigel Edwards

Chief Executive, The Nuffield Trust

Jennifer Dixon

Chief Executive, The Health Foundation

Sir Muir Gray

Director, Optimal Ageing Programme for Living Longer Better

Rebecca Steinfeld

Head of Policy, National Voices

David Halpern

Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team

Richard Sloggett

Director, Future Health Research

Robert Ede

Health and Social Care, Policy Exchange

Amanda Pritchard

Chief Executive, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Alastair Henderson

Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive, NHS Confederation

Saffron Cordery

Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers

Miriam Deakin

Director of Policy and Strategy, NHS Providers

Tim Mitchell

Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons

Roland Sinker

Co-chair of the Shelford Group and Chief Executive, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Rob Webster

Chief Executive, West Yorkshire Integrated Care System

Lord Darzi

Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London and Chair of Imperial College Health Partners

Sir Chris Ham

Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly, Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership

Sir Jim Mackey

Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Pauline Philip

National Director for Emergency and Elective Care, NHS England & Improvement

Habib Naqvi

Director, NHS Race and Health Observatory

Sarah Pickup

Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association

Jim McManus

Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire (and Acting President of the Association of Directors of Public Health)

Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Christina Marriott

Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

Jason Strelitz

Director of Public Health, Newham

Tom Riordan

Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Vic Rayner

Chief Executive, National Care Forum

Nadra Ahmed

Chairman, National Care Association

Stephen Chandler

Director of Adult Social Care, Oxfordshire (and President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services)

Emily Holzhausen

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Carers UK

Sir David Behan

Chair, Health Education England

Jane Townson

Executive Director, United Kingdom Homecare Association

Martin Green

Chief Executive, Care England

Caroline Abrahams

Chair Director, Age UK

Carolyn Wilkins

Former Oldham Accountable Officer & local authority chief executive

James Sanderson

Director of Personalised Budgets, NHS England & Improvement

Susan Jebb

Professor of Diet and Population Health, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford University

Nick Harding

CMO Operose Health. Primary Care & Ex Clinical lead for ICS at NHSE

Edel Harris

Mencap CEO

James White

Alzheimer's society

Kate Lee

Alzheimer's society CEO

Ian McCreath

Head of Think Local Act Personal

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recent survey by the National Care Forum, published on 31 August 2021, which found that 74 per cent of providers of social care services had seen an increase in staff exits since April 2021, what steps he is taking to reduce the turnover rate of social care staff.

The Department has put in place measures to retain staff which includes a package of wellbeing support such as helplines and we have set out our intention to make care work a more rewarding vocation, offering a career where people can develop new skills.

We will invest at least £500 million across three years in social care workforce professionalisation and development and wellbeing and mental health support, which will support retention of staff in the sector.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of the 112,000 vacancies in the social care workforce he estimates to fill using the £500 million funding announced on 7 September 2021.

A specific estimate has not been made. Our investment will deliver new qualifications, progression pathways and wellbeing and mental health support. We will also introduce further reforms to improve recruitment and support for our social care workforce. We will set out more detail in the forthcoming white paper.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, prior to the funding from the Health and Social Care Levy in April 2022, what plans he has to support social care providers with the level of workforce pressures.

We continue to monitor capacity and work closely with the social care sector to consider any further actions. Our next national recruitment campaign for adult social care will be launched this autumn. We are also ensuring free and fast-track Disclosure and Barring Service checks for staff recruited in response to the pandemic and the promotion of adult social care careers in Job Centres.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to findings of the rapid survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, published on 8 September 2021, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the finding that the number of people who have been waiting more than six months for an assessment of their care needs has increased by 57 per cent over the last three months to 11,000 people.

Local authorities are responsible for assessing an individual’s eligibility for care and support as set out in the Care Act 2014 and where the individual is eligible for financial support, for meeting those needs.

The forthcoming Health and Care Bill will set out the Department’s plans to develop an enhanced assurance framework to support improved social care outcomes, identify and share best practice and build on existing sector-led support and improvement programmes. This includes powers to collect improved data and a new duty for the Care Quality Commission to assess local authorities’ delivery of their adult social care duties to help drive quality and outcomes for care users.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2021 to Question 33889 on HIV Infection: Disclosure of Information, through what mechanism he will report annually to Parliament from 2022 on the Government’s progress in implementing the HIV Action Plan to end new cases of HIV in England by 2030.

The HIV Action Plan is currently being developed for publication in December 2021 and will set out our plans for annual reporting to Parliament from 2022.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide a long-term solution to social care.

On 7 September, we committed to investing an additional £5.4 billion over three years to begin a comprehensive programme of reform for adult social care. The introduction of an £86,000 cap on lifetime personal care costs will end people’s worry that they may face unpredictable or unlimited care costs. We also announced an investment of at least £500 million to support the development and wellbeing of the care workforce. This will enable a five-fold increase in public spending on the skills and training of care workers and registered managers.

We will work with care users, providers, and other partners to develop these plans and publish further detail in a white paper for reform later this year.

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