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
Helen Whately (CON - Faversham and Mid Kent)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Nadine Dorries (CON - Mid Bedfordshire)
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
Jo Churchill (CON - Bury St Edmunds)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Lord Bethell (CON - Excepted Hereditary)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Nadhim Zahawi (CON - Stratford-on-Avon)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
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Thursday 22nd July 2021
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Select Committee Inquiry
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to quantify the level of pent-up demand for key healthcare services; and to …

Written Answers
Thursday 29th July 2021
NHS: Negligence
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide the information set out in figure 16 on page 55 of …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 19th July 2021
Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) 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.
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Thursday 29th July 2021
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Department of Health and Social Care Commons Appearances

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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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Westminster Hall
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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 correct an error in the commencement provisions of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The effect is to ensure that the amendment made by regulation 2(2)(a) of those Regulations (which provides that the exemption from the duty to self-isolate for the purpose of posting Coronavirus tests is extended to include tests for antibodies) comes into force on 19th July 2021.
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (“the principal Regulations”).
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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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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.

Black Women in the U.K. are 5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to White Women (MBRRACE, 2019). We need more research done into why this is happening and recommendations to improve health care for Black Women as urgent action is needed to address this disparity.

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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

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

14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to facilitate supported conversations with unvaccinated staff in care homes before those staff are required to have a covid-19 vaccine.

We are delivering a programme of work to support vaccine uptake among social care staff, including communications to address the concerns of those who may be hesitant to receive the vaccine. The Department has developed a toolkit for the adult social care sector which includes resources addressing common concerns about the vaccines and advice on how to reassure people about taking the vaccine. The Department has also talked directly to managers of care homes for older adults with low vaccine uptake among their staff, signposting managers to resources they can use when speaking to staff to enable them to feel confident about the vaccine.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to restore rates of dementia diagnosis to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels; and if he will take steps to further improve dementia diagnosis rates from those pre-covid-19 outbreak baselines.

The Government has made £17 million available this financial year to NHS England and NHS Improvement to reduce dementia waiting lists and increase the number of diagnoses. NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to monitor the dementia diagnosis rates and deliver targeted efforts to support recovery of referrals, diagnosis and where appropriate, support access to post-diagnostic support. We will be setting out our plans on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average amount of additional (a) therapy and (b) other health support that disabled children will potentially be required to have to help tackle the effect of missed services during the covid-19 outbreak.

No specific assessment has been made. However, as part of COVID-19 recovery planning we are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health services and support, including therapies, to disabled children. In 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement published guidance making clear that restoration of essential community services must be prioritised for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged up to 25 years old and who have an Education Health and Care Plan in place or are going through an assessment for one.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of women hospitalised as a result of using early medical abortion pills at home.

The Department does not hold this information centrally.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to close the pay gap between people working in (a) the NHS and (b) social care.

The Department currently has no plans to place care staff on National Health Service pay, terms and conditions. The vast majority of care workers are employed by private sector providers who set their pay, independent of central Government. This differs from national collectively agreed terms and conditions on which most staff are employed within the NHS.

We are providing councils with access to over £1 billion of additional funding for social care in 2021-22 to ensure key pressures in the system are met, including the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. An increase in the rate of the National Living Wage means many of the lowest paid care workers will have benefitted from at least a 2.2% pay rise from 1 April.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help improve the affordability of social care.

We are committed to reforming the adult social care system, including the provision of affordable personalised care and will bring forward proposals in 2021.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he made of the average pay differential between NHS staff and care staff in each of the last 10 years.

It is not possible to make a conclusive assessment of the average pay differential between health and care staff as roles are not directly comparable. The vast majority of care workers are employed by private sector providers who set their pay, independent of central Government, which differs from national collectively agreed terms and conditions on which most staff are employed within the National Health Service.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of publishing a Social Care People Plan.

We are engaging with frontline staff, sector leaders and our partners on how we can best support those who work in social care through professionalisation, wellbeing and recognition.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help improve employee satisfaction in the social care sector.

The Department is working with the social care sector to improve employee satisfaction through supporting wellbeing and increasing recognition for staff. To support the wellbeing of social care workers, we have worked alongside the National Health Service and other organisations to provide a package of emotional, psychological and practical resources for the workforce. This includes support helplines, guidance, bereavement resources and a bespoke package of support for registered managers.

We have also identified carers, paid and unpaid, as essential workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to give them much-needed acknowledgment of their critical role in keeping people safe and supported.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have received early medical abortion pills by post after the legal limit of nine weeks and six days.

HSA4 Abortion Notification Forms received by the Department show that of the 117,584 abortions where one or both medications were taken at home in 2020, 26 were taken at 10 weeks gestation or later.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made and what data has been collected on the number of women who have taken early medical abortion pills at home who are not registered with the National Health Service.

The Department does not hold information on the number of abortions for women who have taken early medical abortion pills at home, who are not registered with the National Health Service.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bethell on 20 October 2020 (HL9219) and 25 June (HL1299), why they have not yet published the outcome of their consultation on gamete and embryo storage limits.

We intend to publish the Government’s response after the summer recess.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July 2021 (HL1668), what progress they have made on the misapplication of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders; and what is their timetable for publishing more details on the Ministerial Oversight Group's (1) membership, (2) workings, and (3) decisions.

The first meeting of the Ministerial Oversight Group has now taken place and the Group has set out their commitment to driving forward improvements. A summary of the meeting has been shared with interested stakeholders. The membership, workings and decisions of the Ministerial Oversight Group were published on 23 July.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of COVID-19 infections transmitted via (1) the air, and (2) surfaces.

No specific assessment has been made.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide the information set out in figure 16 on page 55 of the NHS Resolution annual report and accounts 2020/21 in respect of clinical negligence cases only for the year 2020/21.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Settlement type

Total number of clinical negligence claims

Number of claims settled with damages

Number of claims settled with No damages

Percentage of all claims settled, with damages

Percentage of all claims settled, no damages

No proceedings

8,941

4,568

4,373

37.94%

36.32%

Proceedings

3,066

2,478

588

20.58%

4.88%

Trial

34

10

24

0.08%

0.2%

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women receiving the covid-19 vaccination; and what steps he is taking to ensure that equal numbers of men and women receive that vaccination.

No specific comparative assessment has been made on the number of men and women receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

The ‘UK COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan’ published in February sets out the Government’s approach to ensure that all groups have the opportunity to receive the vaccine. The plan is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-uptake-plan/uk-covid-19-vaccine-uptake-plan

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to appoint external advisors to the Office for Health Promotion.

We expect that the Office for Health Promotion (OHP) will draw on external expertise and advice from a range of sources. We will present more detail on our plans, ambitions and governance arrangements for the OHP in due course.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Office for Health Promotion will be their lead organisation for the promotion of physical activity.

The Office for Health Promotion (OHP) will work with teams across the Department, the health system and wider partners to support action on physical activity. We will present more detail on our plans and ambitions for the OHP in due course.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent engagement he has had with participants on the Novavax trial.

Ministers have had no recent engagement with trial participants.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what are the stated "implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol" in respect of folic fortification, given that nutrition is a matter for EU member states.

Under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, European Union legislation will apply in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland. Regulation 1925/2006 on the Addition of Vitamins and Minerals to Foods is included the Northern Ireland Protocol. Consideration is therefore necessary in discussion with the devolved administrations to ensure the consultation response and any proposed fortification policy takes into account the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1701), what plans they have to consult scientists on folic fortification, following their consultations with the devolved administrations.

There are no current plans to further consult scientists on flour fortification. We are finalising agreement of a four-nation response to the United Kingdom-wide consultation on the proposed mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid which ran from 13 June to 9 September 2019. The next steps will be laid out in the Government’s response.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the uptake of the covid-19 vaccine following a supported conversation.

No specific assessment has been made. Information on the uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine following a supported conversation is not collected as part of the vaccine record.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
7th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that public interest in the NHS is protected when private companies receiving NHS contracts already hold seats on Integrated Care System Boards, giving them influence on NHS decision-making.

Integrated care boards (ICBs) will be National Health Service bodies, bringing in representatives from a range of other bodies including NHS commissioners and providers. The Board will, as a minimum, include a Chair, Chief Executive and representatives from NHS trusts, general practice and local authorities.

Local areas will have the flexibility to determine any further representation on their board. This would be subject to local agreement and approval by NHS England. We do not expect independent providers to have seats on the ICB.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients over 75, or their relatives, should be able to communicate directly with their named doctor if they wish to.

Every patient, including those over 75 years old, can request to see a specific general practitioner (GP), including their named accountable GP. Under the terms of the 2015/16 National Health Service General Medical Services Contract practices must endeavour to comply with all reasonable requests made by patients to see a particular practitioner and authorised family members have the same rights.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a named doctor for a patient over 75 should see that patient, if requested by the patient or their close relatives, if they are very unwell.

Every patient, including those over 75 years old, can request to see a specific general practitioner (GP), including their named accountable GP. Under the terms of the 2015/16 National Health Service General Medical Services Contract practices must endeavour to comply with all reasonable requests made by patients to see a particular practitioner and authorised family members have the same rights.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the administrative error that caused a week’s worth of meetings with companies seeking COVID-19 contracts to be excluded from Lord Bethell’s transparency returns; why this administrative error occurred; when the failure to include these meetings was discovered; and who informed the Department of Health and Social Care that the meetings had not been included.

These meetings were included in the relevant transparency return. However, the omission was caused by a formatting error during the merger of individual returns into a master document. This has now been corrected with the full list of meetings now available.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of additional radiographers and radiologists required to deliver the increased number of diagnostic imaging scanners referred to in the National Health Service Long Term Plan.

Following the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England commissioned Sir Professor Mike Richards to review diagnostic services, which was completed in October 2020. The review recommended that there should be an expansion in the imaging workforce with an additional 2,000 radiologists and 4,000 radiographers over the next five years. NHS England and NHS Improvement are planning how to implement the report’s recommendations.

In 2020/2021, Health Education England’s Cancer Workforce Plan committed to training 300 reporting radiographers and the NHS People Plan committed to training a further 150. Further workforce requirements will be considered as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been awarded to research bodies to investigate potential drug combinations for the treatment of symptoms of motor neurone disease.

The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The NIHR has invested over £10 million in motor neurone disease (MND) research over the last five years. This includes research on potential treatments to improve survival rate, function and quality of life for people with MND. The NIHR has spent £2.4 million on research to investigate drug combinations for the treatment of MND. The NIHR is also funding research on drug combinations to treat MND through NIHR research infrastructure, although the information requested is not available at individual study level.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) he and (b) his officials have had discussions with (i) the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (ii) officials in that Department on suppliers to the NHS with reference to the National Security and Investment Act 2021; and if he will make a statement.

We have worked jointly with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the investment security community across Government as contributors to the investment screening regime. The Department has also consulted with agencies and partner organisations to provide input for the development of National Security and Investment Act 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish (a) the company name and (b) the contract value for each contract that a Chinese or Chinese-financed company holds with (i) his Department and (ii) the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

The location of all overseas suppliers with which the Department currently holds contracts could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Information is not held on whether a contract is held with a Chinese-financed company.

NHS England and NHS Improvement do not collect this information centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of ICU clinical consumables his Department plans to dispose of as part of its work on rebalancing the ICU clinical consumables stock.

Work on rebalancing the intensive care unit (ICU) consumables stockpile is focussed on preserving and realising the value of stock under management through usage, sales and appropriate donations. Product currently identified as inappropriate for sale or donation is scheduled to be disposed of through recycling and energy recovery.

This currently represents one million items or 0.11% of the total number of products held in the ICU consumables COVID-19 stockpile.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of payments made to Care in each of the last 10 years.

The information is not held in the format requested. Contractual arrangements made with providers at clinical commissioning group and National Health Service trust level are not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of payments made to Spire in each of the last 10 years.

The information is not held in the format requested. Contractual arrangements made with providers at clinical commissioning group and National Health Service trust level are not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of payments made to Virgin Care in each of the last 10 years.

The information is not held in the format requested. Contractual arrangements made with providers at clinical commissioning group and National Health Service trust level are not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of payments made to Circle Health in each of the last 10 years.

The information is not held in the format requested. Contractual arrangements made with providers at clinical commissioning group and National Health Service trust level are not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many calls have been made to the NHS staff mental health hotline in each month since its launch in April 2020.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Month

Number of calls

April 2020

1,538

May 2020

1,229

June 2020

895

July 2020

698

August 2020

453

September 2020

553

October 2020

550

November 2020

551

December 2020

571

January 2021

829

February 2021

518

March 2021

536

April 2021

411

May 2021

417

June 2021

499

July 2021*

292

Note:

*Data to 21 July 2021.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing ear wax removal procedures on the NHS for (a) pensioners and (b) people on low incomes.

NHS England and NHS Improvement recognise manual ear syringing is no longer advised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence due to risks associated, such as trauma to their ear drum or infection. General practitioner (GP) practices are increasingly recommending self-care methods as the primary means to support the safe removal of ear wax.

However, if a GP practice considers removal clinically necessary, the procedure should either be undertaken at the practice or the patient should be referred to an appropriate service depending on the arrangements in place in the local area, including for pensioners and those on low incomes. Local commissioners are responsible for meeting the health needs of their local population and should continue to ensure there is appropriate access to ear wax services.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Disabled Children’s Partnerships Left Behind report, what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the ring-fenced funding of covid-19 recovery policies for disabled children, young people, and families to allow them to regain lost progress and improve their ability in managing their conditions.

We have had no specific discussions. However, as part of COVID-19 recovery planning we are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health and care services to disabled children. We have provided over £6 billion in un-ringfenced funding directly to councils to support them with the immediate and longer-term impacts of COVID-19 spending pressures, including for children’s social care. Since 2019-2020, the Government has provided additional funding for adults’ and children’s social care via the social care grant and is allocated £1.7 billion in 2021-2022. To improve access to healthcare, including for disabled children, we have also invested £6.6 billion from March to September 2021 to ensure health inequalities are tackled in National Health Service recovery plans.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the average waiting time for children to complete neurodevelopmental assessments in England.

It is not possible to estimate reliably the average waiting time for children to complete neurodevelopmental assessments in England from data currently held by NHS Digital.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Question 27052 tabled by the Rt hon. Member for Forest Dean on 5 July 2021, for what reason it has not been possible to provide an Answer by the named day of 8 July 2021; and by which date he plans to provide a substantive Answer to that Question.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer of 22 July to Question 27052.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform independent report, published May 2021, what assessment he has made of how the (a) work of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances and (b) the Medical Nutrition Industry were taken into account in that report.

We have not made such an assessment.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an Answer to Question 29135 on Coronavirus: Disease Control by 15 July 2021 which is the last sitting day of the House of Commons before covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 26 July to Question 29135.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a (a) new duty for Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) to promote parity of esteem between mental and physical health and (b) requirement for a mental health representative on every ICB.

A specific assessment has not yet been made on a duty for integrated care boards (ICBs) to promote parity of esteem between mental and physical health. The principle of parity of esteem was enshrined in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Legislation will set out minimum membership of ICBs and which will include representatives from National Health Service providers and we fully expect mental health trusts to play a central role in decision-making. Local areas will also have the flexibility to determine any further representation in their area, whether on the ICB or within the integrated care partnership.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 10131, tabled on 29 May 2021, by the Rt hon. Member for New Forest East.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer of 26 July to Question 10131.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of the role of single-use technology in (a) controlling and preventing infections and (b) reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections following the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Throughout the pandemic NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a variety of guidance which encompasses the robust sterilisation and decontamination of reusable medical equipment and use of single-use equipment. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/infection-control

The purchase and use of single-use equipment is determined at individual National Health Service trust level to take into account their own facilities, workforce, finances and patient population when choosing the most appropriate medical equipment to use.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on providing a fully-costed and comprehensive multi-year funding settlement to ensure the adequacy of the size of the Cancer Nurse Specialist workforce to deliver the targets in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Discussions with HM Treasury on any multi-year settlement will take place within the Spending Review process. There are specialist training grants for 250 nurses to become cancer nurse specialists.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer pf 13 July 2021 to Question 28361 on Diabetes: Health Services, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the public health provision of diabetes (a) treatment, (b) support, (c) care and (d) prevention services.

The NHS Long Term Plan set out a number of key ambitions, to improve care and outcomes for those individuals with diabetes. To support patients to potentially achieve remission from their type 2 diabetes while improving management and control, NHS England and NHS Improvement are piloting at scale, low-calorie diets. To improve care, NHS England and NHS Improvement have invested approximately £120 million of Transformation Funding into local services to target variation and improve performance in the treatment and care of people living with type 1 and 2 diabetes since 2017/18. This investment, overseen by local systems, covers the four treatment and care priorities, including: footcare teams; inpatient nursing teams; treatment target attainment; and, supported self-management.

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s diabetes prevention programme identifies those most at risk of developing diabetes and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. Individuals receive tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of developing stage 2 diabetes. Following a successful two-year pilot programme that saw a significant increase in the adoption of flash glucose technology across all clinical commissioning groups, over 35% of patients living with type 1 diabetes are now benefitting from flash glucose monitoring. Our focus on obesity and investment in weight management services also aims to prevent diabetes.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service, Early: Cancer Diagnosis Guidance, published on 31 March 2021, what plans the Government has to produce a long-term strategy to tackle the estimated 37,000 people who had not started their first cancer treatment.

Public Health England in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, is running a campaign, ‘Help us help you’, to raise awareness of general symptoms of cancer and encourage people experiencing persistent symptoms to contact their general practitioner. Cancer referrals were over 10,500 referrals per day in April, and 11,000 per day in May.

Local systems, drawing on advice and analysis from their Cancer Alliance, will ensure that there is sufficient diagnostic and treatment capacity in place to meet the needs of cancer to meet the increased level of referrals and treatment required to address the shortfall in number of first treatments by March 2022. NHS England and NHS Improvement are prioritising delivery of NHS Long Term Plan commitments that also support recovery such as increasing diagnostic capacity and early diagnosis and survival rates through rapid diagnostic centres (RDC). As of June 2021, there were 88 active RDC pathways across hospitals in England, compared to 12 in March 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that there is sufficient psychological support within non-specialised clinical settings for young people experiencing severe eating disorders unable to access a Tier 4 bed.

We are enhancing capacity in community eating disorder services to improve urgent response and the delivery of intensive home treatment. Community eating disorder teams for children and young people are resourced to support early identification and access to treatment as soon as an eating disorder is suspected. These teams are working with schools, colleges and primary care to support improved awareness and access to expert advice and treatment.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)