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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Ministers of State
Helen Whately MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Edward Argar MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Jo Churchill MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Ms Nadine Dorries MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martyn Day (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)
Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Dr Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Dr Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)
Jonathan Ashworth (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Shadow Ministers
Barbara Keeley (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care)
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Public Health)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

6 Apr 2020, 9:20 p.m.
Coronavirus is a national emergency. It can be life threatening for people of all ages, everywhere in the UK. #StayHomeSaveLives Share this video with your friends and family 🔽 https://t.co/bvQB4u8yx1 - Link
6 Apr 2020, 8:10 p.m.
On Friday @NightingaleLDN was opened. @NHSEngland and @DefenceHQ are now increasing capacity right across the country to provide thousands of extra beds if local services need them during the peak of #coronavirus Here's where the other sites are being set up 🔽 https://t.co/aJAzhq7giJ - 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
Mar. 10 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 10 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Mar. 09 Urgent Questions Coronavirus
Mar. 17 Written Statements National Guardian’s Office: Annual Report
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Supermarkets’ Role in Tackling Childhood Obesity
Mar. 05 Adjournment Debate WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
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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
Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-20 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

2 Mar 2020

14 Feb 2020, 11:44 a.m.
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.
Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-21 Ways and Means resolution: House of Commons 2 March, 2020 13 Mar 2020, 4:59 p.m.
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.
NHS Funding Bill 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 5 February, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

26 Feb 2020

11 Feb 2020, 5:53 p.m.
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.
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.
NHS Funding Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 March, 2020 17 Mar 2020, 9:32 a.m.
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.
Coronavirus Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 March, 2020 26 Mar 2020, 11:03 a.m.
A Bill to make provision in connection with coronavirus; 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, 10 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 1 year, 2 months 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, 8 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 Select Committee

Department of Health and Social Care Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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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
6 Apr 2020, 4:36 p.m. Hospitals: Private Sector Martyn Day

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requisitioning private hospitals to help tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

Answer (Edward Argar)

As announced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on Saturday 21 March, the National Health Service has struck a deal with private hospitals to acquire thousands of extra beds, ventilators and medical staff to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

An extra 8,000 hospital beds across England, nearly 1,200 ventilators and almost 20,000 fully qualified staff are now available.

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