Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Ministers of State
Edward Argar MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Caroline Dinenage MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Ms Nadine Dorries MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Jo Churchill MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

21 Nov 2019, 10 a.m.
Don't put off getting your child's flu vaccination. Speak to your GP about getting the free #flu nasal spray. 👉 https://t.co/VuffIy7iMK #HelpUsHelpYou https://t.co/91DFCbyFTY - Link
20 Nov 2019, 6 p.m.
We’re on the lookout for people who are interested in delivering high-quality, compassionate care on a daily basis to make a difference in people’s lives 🤝 Social care jobs are available near you. Apply today: ▶️ https://t.co/3jPWtEv7LG #EveryDayMakesADifference - Link
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Department of Health and Social Care Commons Appearances

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

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

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

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

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Oct. 29 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 29 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 23 Urgent Questions Whorlton Hall
Oct. 31 Written Statements Personal Health Budgets: Legal Rights
Oct. 31 Westminster Hall E-cigarettes
Oct. 24 Adjournment Debate Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Department of Health and Social Care Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019-20 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:33 a.m.
A Bill to establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body and to confer the function of carrying out investigations and other functions on that body; to make provision in connection with investigations carried out by that body; to make provision about medical examiners; and for connected purposes
Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019-19 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:33 a.m.
A Bill to establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body and to confer the function of carrying out investigations and other functions on that body; to make provision in connection with investigations carried out by that body; to make provision about medical examiners; and for connected purposes
Healthcare (European Economic Area and Switzerland Arrangements) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 March, 2019 25 Apr 2019, 11:04 a.m.
A Bill to Make provision about paying and arranging for healthcare provided outside the United Kingdom and giving effect to healthcare agreements; and for connected purposes.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 May, 2019 26 Sep 2019, 4:42 p.m.
A Bill to amend the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to procedures in accordance with which a person may be deprived of liberty where the person lacks capacity to consent, and for connected purposes

Petitions addressed by Department of Health and Social Care

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
238,769
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

205,359
Petition Closed

Lower the age for smear tests from 25 to 18 to prevent cervical cancer.

Gov Responded - 13 Sep 2018 Debated on - 28 Jan 2019
3 Feb 2019
closed 10 months, 1 week ago

Hi I'm Natasha, I am making this petition because I want to make a difference to all woman living in the UK.

I am 30 years old and I have metastatic cervical cancer. I believe that the age of screening should be lowered to age 18 to enable all woman to detect cell changes and prevent cancer.

118,034
Petition Closed

Make Orkambi available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis

Gov Responded - 7 Feb 2018
17 Jul 2018
closed 1 year, 4 months ago

Conventional CF treatments target the symptoms of CF, precision medicines like Orkambi tackle the cause of the condition. Though Orkambi is not a cure, it has been found to slow decline in lung function, the most common cause of death for people with CF, by 42%

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Department of Health and Social Care Publications


Department of Health and Social Care Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
5 Nov 2019, 5:02 p.m. Rehabilitation: Conferences Lord Wigley

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government which representatives attended the World Health Organisation Second Global Rehabilitation 2030 meeting in Geneva on 8 and 9 July.

Answer (Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford)

There were no United Kingdom Government representatives on the final list of participants for the Second Global Rehabilitation 2030 Meeting in Geneva on 8 and 9 July 2019. A number of medical, academic and other representatives from the UK did however take part. The list of participants is attached due to the size of the data.

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