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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)

16 Oct 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Today, we’ve launched the next phase of our national recruitment campaign to encourage more people to work in adult social care. 🤝 Head to our website to discover how you can start your career in social care today 👇 ▶️ #EveryDayMakesADifference - Link
16 Oct 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Every year, the flu vaccination is available for free on the NHS for people who are more likely to be at risk. @MattHancock urges anyone in these groups to have their flu jab. 🏥 Click here for more info 🔽 - 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
Jul. 23 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 23 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 23 Urgent Questions Whorlton Hall
Oct. 08 Written Statements Continuity of Medical Supplies
Oct. 02 Westminster Hall Community Pharmacies
Oct. 07 Adjournment Debate Hypermobility Syndromes: Healthwatch Calderdale’s Report
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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 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2019 2nd reading: House of Lords

29 Oct 2019

16 Oct 2019, 5:53 p.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
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
closed 1 year, 5 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.

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 8 months, 2 weeks 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.

Petition Closed

Make Orkambi available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis

Gov Responded - 7 Feb 2018
17 Jul 2018
closed 1 year, 3 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.

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
8 Oct 2019, 3:54 p.m. Hospitals: Construction Mohammad Yasin


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's News story, New hospital building programme, published on 29 September 2019, what criteria his Department used to determine which NHS trusts were eligible for funding under that programme to develop new hospitals.

Answer (Edward Argar)

On 29 September, the Government announced the largest hospital building programme in a generation as part of a new Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP) that is backed by a long-term programme of investment. The plan’s new, strategic approach will ensure the health service will have world-class facilities for patients and staff for the long term.

The HIP1 and HIP2 schemes were selected through the following process:

NHS England and NHS Improvement conducted a strategic assessment of hospital estates and came up with a list of priority schemes. These were selected on the basis of age and/or where a combination of other metrics that indicated a high need for investment in the estate. This included the consideration of the high value scheme bids submitted by providers as part of previous sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) capital rounds, and other relevant previous representations by trusts and STPs. The other metrics being - Estates and facilities running costs; backlog costs; Critical Infrastructure Risk (a subset of the highest risk elements of backlog with a potential for significant impact e.g. fire safety); unused and functionally unsuitable space; and incidents having an impact on clinical services.

Based on that, a small number of schemes were identified as being suitable to fully fund now, given their advanced level of readiness to deliver in near future. These are the 6 projects for HIP1.

The remaining list of priority schemes was then further filtered based on a combination of criteria, including the level of Critical Infrastructure Risk in the estate and an overall check of the regional breakdown (to make sure no regions were over or under-represented), and engagements through NHS regional teams. This gave us the 21 projects identified to receive seed funding to kick start their schemes, ready for building in HIP2.

HIP scheme selection was not specifically discussed at the NHS Property Board, which did not meet during the period when final decisions were made. However, the underlying principles and issues have been discussed previously by the NHS Property Board and members were involved in discussions that led to the final selection of schemes.

Schemes will be required to submit business cases to provide the required standard assurance on the key features including patient benefits, value for money and commercial terms etc. A number of the six HIP1 schemes have submitted business cases to NHS Improvement previously but these will need to be developed further or revised to align with the current scope of their scheme. The Department is looking to speed up and streamline the business case process and approvals.

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